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Glen Burnie spa busted for prostitution

Posted: 7:43 AM, Sep 16, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-16 07:43:39-04

There's no answer from the business listed at 7437 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. in Glen Burnie.

The blinds are shut. Doors are closed. And no customers are coming in to Shang Spa.

"I always walk past there and said I wanted to go there, but I never went there," said Monica Guevara, who lives nearby. 

Now Guevara is glad she didn't. 

Anne Arundel County Police say complaints about prostitution led them to open up an investigation.  Charging documents say on Friday a detective posed as a customer, laid down an extra $100, known as the tip, and alerted the female employee that he is looking for extra services involving sex. 

“A lot of people, older people… men mostly,” said Ronald Mullins, who lives nearby. 

Police arrested Qiu Zhang, 51, and Jun Zhu, 47, both from New York.  They say Zhang removed her clothes, a signal that she accepted the money for sex.  Zhang and Zhu were charged with maintaining a building for the purpose of prostitution.

"People would come in and out of here that don't look like regular people who go for massage," said Mullins. 

The so-called spa is next to the Chamber of Commerce and across the street from Holy Trinity Catholic Church.  A camera is on the outside of the building, but detectives say they captured the real picture behind closed doors.

"You hear about it like on TV shows and movies and stuff, but I never really expected it in Glen Burnie, especially on a main street like this," said Guevara.    

Neighbors say the business has been around for at least a year.