Two Women Face Prostitution Charges In Manchester

A regional task force arrested two women at a West Center Street spa that was a front for prostitution, police said Friday.

Shuying Whitmore, 57, and Lihua Zhang, 58, were both charged with promoting prostitution.

The East Central Narcotics Task Force had learned that the Bright Spa, 73 West Center St., was being used for prostitution, a news release said. After police served a search warrant on Thursday, officials shut the business down due to multiple code violations found by local and state building and fire officials, task force leader Sgt. Matthew Pace said. The place was being used as a commercial business and a residence, which was deemed a violation, and the business did not have a license for massage therapy, Pace said.

Police seized computers, documents, an advanced security system and an undisclosed amount of cash. Task force partners on the case included the regional Center For Digital Investigations, the federal Department of Homeland Security, the state Department of Labor and the local fire and building departments, Pace said. A man also was arrested in connection with the case, but his name and other details were not immediately available.

The task force works to stop illegal drug sales and use and other crimes in Manchester, South Windsor, Vernon and Glastonbury. Anyone with information is asked to call 860-645-5548. Police say all calls will remain confidential.

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