MACOMB TOWNHSIP, MI – In late September 2017, The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office S.E.T. (Special Enforcement Team) received several anonymous tips that prostitution was taking place at a massage parlor at 21 Mile Rd. and Hayes in Macomb Township. S.E.T. Detectives began surveillance on the location and located social media advertisements looking for clients. Detectives were sent into the parlor on various days and times and were solicited by the workers.
In early January 2018, S.E.T. executed search warrants on the Macomb Township massage parlor and a residence in Madison Heights. The Madison Heights residence was linked to employees of the massage parlor. Several items were taken as evidence and several people were interviewed, aided by an interpreter. Two people were taken into custody. The first person taken into custody was Kui Liu, a 61 year old Asian male, out of Madison Heights. Liu is shown to be the owner of the massage parlor. The second person taken into custody was Lanjun Zhao, a 52 year old Asian female, residing in multiple
jurisdictions. Zhao is shown to be the manager of the massage parlor.
The investigation was presented to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office and warrants were issued for Liu, Zhao, and a third female; Zhiping Zhong, a 59 year old Asian female. Zhong is shown to be a second manager of the massage parlor and she was unable to be located at the time the search warrants were
executed. The charges are Prostitution/Keeping House Of (5 year felony) and Computers – Using to Commit a Crime (7 year felony).
Liu, Zhao, and Zhong have been in the United States on work visas and green cards.
Liu and Zhao were arraigned on 1/8/18 in the 41-A District Court of Shelby Township on the above listed charges. Both were given a $10,000.00 bond and are due back in court on 1/17/18 at 8:30am for a Probable Cause Conference.
The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office is still looking for the third female, Zhiping Zhong. Zhong is described as a 59 year old Asian female, 5’2”, approximately 130lbs, with black eyes and black shoulder length hair. Zhong has been known to drive a silver Nissan Versa and may be in the areas of Clarkston, Canton, Novi, or Ferndale.