Plymouth: Charges Amended in Illegal Massage Parlor Case

Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz says that prosecutors have amended charges against four people accused of running illegal massage parlors in Plymouth.

Four complaints alleging that the group maintained a house of prostitution have been amended to “maintaining a house of ill will.”

Facing this charge are two Massachusetts men, Edward Coffee of Revere and Douglas Crociati, a Plymouth Airport Commissioner, as well as two women, Xiaolun Luo and Zhibo Zhao, Chinese women who have addresses in Brooklyn, but were sleeping in the Plymouth spas.

The next court date on the case is August 25 for a probable cause/pretrial hearing.

Coffee and Crociati also face charges of trafficking a person for sexual servitude.

Police arrested all four, along with six others, on June 18, 2015, 10 months after Plymouth and State Police, along with federal agencies opened the investigation into three massage parlors in Plymouth, including Boakang Asian Bodyworks at 45 Samoset Street, and one located on State Road in Manomet.

Cruz said last month that since, according to the defense attorneys, the women working at the spas lived in New York, slept in the spas, and do not speak English, this is a case of human trafficking.


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Erin Dale is an Anchor/Reporter for WATD. She is also a New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) award-winning print journalist and previously worked for GateHouse Media.