CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A downtown spa has been shut down and its owner has been indicted on prostitution charges, according to Cincinnati police.
A notice of hearing for a temporary restraining order was posted at Lif Leaf Spa this week. The spa is located at 108 W. 9th St.
Police say the notice requires the owners to appear before the Common Pleas Court to show the business is not engaged in illicit and immoral activity. The temporary restraining order was requested after a Vice Squad investigation revealed prostitution and licensing violations were occurring at Lif Leaf Spa, which police say was creating a nuisance in the Central Business District.
Lif Leaf Spa’s owner, Lihua Ren, has been indicted on compelling prostitution and promoting prostitution and is currently awaiting extradition from Detroit.
According to court documents, a Lif Lea Spa employee told police Ren directed that her job was to make customers “happy” and trained her to perform “four-hand” sexual massages on her clients.
Additionally in 2018, the Vice Squad has investigated and shut down the following massage parlors based on criminal charges:
- Magic Hand Massage, 5082 Glencrossing Way (Westwood)
- Yu Spa, 5964 Glenway Avenue (Westwood)
- Nova Bodywork, 2380 Nova Avenue (Westwood)
- Ning Jing Oasis Spa, 4798 Redbank Expressway (Madisonville)
- House Massage, 4239 Hamilton Avenue (Northside)