How did a clogged sewer pipe trigger a Texas brothel bust?

While an Austin, Texas brothel was allegedly masquerading as a massage parlor city police officers were able to lower unclog the prostitution activities because of a clogged sewer pipe. According to Breitbart the very brisk illegal activities came to an absolute standstill when police officers became suspicious over a tip about a sewer pipe that had become clogged with a product from the illegal interactions.


While the evidence in question was being literally flushed down the businesses’ toilets, a new property owner in the business the shopping center became concerned that pressure flow in their pipes was not working adequately. It appeared that an industrial disposal unit connected to the city’s sewer line was clogged with hundreds of condoms.

Of course, there were other clues that led the police to the door of owned by a woman named Juan Wang and her husband, Joseph Emery who were owners of Jade Massage Therapy LLC. Shopping center tenants were concerned over the possible illicit activities that were occurring at the massage parlor. In addition, early that week before the business owners called the police, security at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport stopped Wang when they discovered she was carrying $30,000 on her on a flight headed to China.

Before Wang left for a China destination she gave police a contact phone number which investigators found was linked to an online account which advertised “sexual services.”

For one of the investigators the condom clogged sewer pipe was probably the weirdest part of the investigation. According to My Statesman, Austin police Human Trafficking and Vice Unit Sgt. Kevin Covington responded to the clogged disposal system saying, “I was like, ‘you’ve got to be kidding me,’” he said. “It’s not the normal tip you would get, or lead you would get on a place committing criminal activity, but it happened, so that helped us out.”

When the police arrived, and served search warrant they happened upon a massage room with a naked man and another room with a naked man and a woman. A search of the home of Wang and Emery revealed $66,000 in a safe as well as

in a massage room with a naked man, the affidavit said. Another woman was also found in a separate room with a different naked man, according to the report. A search of Wang and Emery’s home turned up about $66,000 in cash in a safe as well as hundreds of credit card receipts from clients.

While the two massage parlor owners have not been arrested yet, they face possible charges in organized criminal activity and money laundering, according to a filed arrest affidavit.

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