HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - An investigation is underway involving multiple massage parlors in the Tennessee Valley.
The attorney general’s office is leading this investigation with the help of local authorities. We have confirmed this spans multiple locations in Madison and Morgan counties.
One of those is Health Massage off University Drive in Huntsville. Huntsville police and county deputies are assisting federal agents.
According to court documents, the state’s attorney general’s office filed an action in circuit court on Wednesday against Jiao Liu, the owner of Health Massage.
It says as part of the action, the court issued a temporary restraining order and appointed a receiver to take control of assets.
Keith E. Warren, executive director of the Alabama Board of Massage Therapy, sent the following news release:
“The Alabama Board of Massage Therapy, in cooperation with local law enforcement, began an investigation of Massage and Foot Care in Madison and Morgan Counties, Alabama, and Health Massage in Madison County, Alabama, after receiving complaints of sexual services being offered under the guise of massage therapy. Sections 34-43-8 and 34-43-11, Code of Ala., 1975, states a massage therapist may not perform, whether for compensation or not, massage therapy for a sexually oriented business and a sexually oriented business may not hold a license as a massage therapy establishment. The Investigation concluded that Massage and Foot Care and Health Massage were providing sexual services for compensation to the public. The investigation also noted various other violations of the Board’s statute, rules and regulations. The Board will continue to assist and support local law enforcement and the district attorney’s offices in its efforts to hold Massage and Foot Care and Health Massage and the individuals associated with these businesses accountable for the illicit activities in their operations. I greatly appreciate all the hard work that our Board investigators and local law enforcement did to uncover these illegal activities to further protect the Citizens of the State of Alabama in regulating this profession.””