Two Valparaiso women were arrested Wednesday on a preliminary charge of
prostitution after Valparaiso Police raided the massage parlor at which they
Booked into the Porter County Jail on a charge of prostitution were Min Ye,
46, and Wenjuan Wen Yao, 44.
According to police, an undercover operation was conducted at the two’s
place of employment, Oriental Pain Management Center at 823 Lincolnway,
after a woman was denied access to the establishment and, believing
“suspicious activities were taking place inside the business,” filed a
complaint with the VPD.
Undercover officers were subsequently “offered sex acts in exchange for
money,” police said, while advertisements for Oriental Pain Management
Center were also found on the Internet.
At 2:15 p.m. Wednesday a search warrant was executed at Oriental Pain
Management Center and Ye and Yao were taken into custody.
The Porter County Drug Task Force assisted in the investigation.
Prostitution is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a term of up to a year
According to the minutes of an October 2008 meeting of the Valparaiso Site
Review Committee, the business manager of Oriental Pain Management Center,
John Rodell, told city officials that he and his wife currently operated two
massage therapy centers in California and were interested in expanding into
the Midwest. He also told officials that he was aware of the city’s
definition of “adult business.”
For his part Planning Director Craig Phillips told Rodell that, if Oriental
Pain Management Center “is found to be an adult business in the future, the
city will take steps to enforce the ordinance.” And any complaints against
the business will be pursued, Phillips said.
Rodell informed city officials that “employees are licensed massage
therapists,” that each therapist “will have passed a school that requires
500 hours of training,” and that to “ensure there are no criminal records,
fingerprinting and identification (are) needed for each city they operate
“Rodell offered assurance that they have passed the necessary requirements
pertaining to this,” the minutes stated.