Massage parlor probe leads to prostitution arrest

A Peachtree City woman has been charged with prostitution and masturbation for hire stemming from incidents at a massage business in the Peachtree Crossing Shopping Center on Ga. Highway 54.

Minoru Zhang, 32, was charged with one count of prostitution and two counts of masturbation for hire, both misdemeanors, according to Fayette County Jail records.

Peachtree City Police Department spokesman Brad Williams said a trained undercover officer from another jurisdiction entered the Peach Massage store on Sept. 30, and during the massage had his genitals briefly caressed but without any solicitation made by Zhang.

The undercover officer returned to the store on Oct. 6, again having his genitals briefly caressed during the massage, along with receiving a solicitation, Williams said.

Police obtained search warrants and Zhang was subsequently arrested, Williams noted, adding that the prostitution charge stemmed from the solicitation.

Police, in conjunction with federal Homeland Security, began the investigation of the business in February but had put it on hold in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

As for the status of the investigation, Williams said it is ongoing.