CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER
MARBLE FALLS — Police have collected evidence to uncover what they believe to be a prostitution operation potentially involving more than the two people first arrested and suspected of being in the country illegally, according to investigators.
On March 15, the Marble Falls Police Department launched an investigation involving Enjoy Massage Parlor, located in a strip mall in the 1100 block of U.S 281.
Two teenage boys, 16 and 17 years old, told police they were touched in a sexual way by two women at the business after paying $60 each for massages, police said.
Police initially arrested Lili Chen, 38, and Huafen Fu, 49, and charged them with prostitution (solicitation of a minor under 18 years old), a second-degree felony. (READ PREVIOUS STORY HERE.)
The following day, authorities filed additional charges against both suspects, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
Chen now faces a charge of aggravated promotion of prostitution, a third-degree felony.
Fu faces a charge of indecency with a child (sexual contact) along with the initial prostitution charge.
“When we worked the case to the point we had one set of charges on these folks … (and) had developed evidence that Ms. Chen was in some way the owner/manager of the business, that led us to the charge of aggravated promotion of prostitution,” Detective Sgt. Tom Dillard said.
“Given that one of these complaining witnesses was under the age of 17, that gave rise to the indecency with a child case against Ms. Fu,” he added.
As the case unfolded, authorities found what they believed to be evidence of a business dealing in the sex trade.
“I seized a number of documents, pages, and notebooks,” Dillard said. “I have reason to believe there may be other partners with an interest in the Enjoy Massage Parlor.”
Investigators requested a statement from the accused; however, the suspects declined to offer information after Chen requested a lawyer.
“Communication beyond that was difficult due to a language barrier,” he said.
Fu, a Chinese national, is suspected of being in the country illegally, according to jail documents.
Police believe Chen, who is also Chinese, may be a naturalized U.S. citizen.
Both suspects are being held in the Burnet County Jail on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers on suspicion of being in the country illegally.
Chen’s bonds total $95,000. Fu also has bonds totaling $95,000.