The Plainfield Police Department was involved with a multi-department sting operation that led to 13 arrests and more than $115,000 in cash seized for alleged prostitution-related crimes at area massage parlors.
PPD Det. Alyson Ritter began working on a prostitution case at the end on July that involved a massage parlor here.
“I actually was able to get in touch with an IMPD officer and we realized we were working the same case,” Ritter said. “It was roughly mid-August when our department receive a message that was forwarded to me.”
She worked the case jointly with IMPD and ended up being able to arrest three individuals for prostitution after a sting operation here. Xirong Chen, 45, Lirong Wang, 44, and Tonghui Lu, 46, all of Indianapolis, were arrested and charged with prostitution and promoting prostitution.
The establishment here, Massage Therapy at 2059 E. Hadley Road, was owned by Lu.
“I coordinated the operation here in Plainfield as the senior case officer,” Ritter said. “We also worked with IMPD Vice and the Hendricks County United Drug Task Force.”
Another investigation had started with the Shelbyville Police Department when officials there were contacted by a citizen after witnessing what they believed was mistreatment of an employee at an establishment there.
Detectives there started an investigation and reached out to the IMPD Vice detectives. The investigation then spread to Greensburg and eventually Plainfield.
“The owner of the one (massage parlor) in Indianapolis also owns the one here in Plainfield,” Ritter said.
In all, there were 13 arrests made during sting operations and more than $115,000 in cash seized for forfeiture.
The original investigations were all started because someone in the community saw something suspicious and reported it to police, Ritter said.