An employee of an Independence massage therapy business faces misdemeanor prostitution charges after police conducted an undercover investigation.
Fulan Li, 54, was charged earlier this week by Jackson County prosecutors with two counts of prostitution. According the court documents, her Asian Massage business near the intersection of Noland Road and 39th Street came to the attention of police when they noticed an ad for the business on backpage.com, an often-illicit online classified listing.
When an undercover officer made a massage appointment in September, Li said he could pay $150 to have sex with her. The officer then made up a story about getting a call from his boss that he was needed back at work. He came back a second time in October, and Li accepted $180 for sex. The officer then gave the bust signal and officers arrested Li, along with another female and a male client found in different room.
In September 2016, Independence Police conducted a similar operation less than a mile away at Massage Therapy. That investigation started following an anonymous letter sent to police that claimed employees there were being forced to perform sex acts against their will. That business has not re-opened. One woman faced prostitution charges, and she and the business owner ultimately pleaded guilty to misdemeanor peace disturbance charges, according to court records.