The alleged massage parlour operated on Zhongzheng Road in Yonghe District of New Taipei City. Photo: Google Maps

An alleged massage parlor brothel in New Taipei City, Taiwan, was raided by police on Saturday, and a total of 15 people, including seven Vietnamese women, three Taiwanese business managers and five Taiwanese customers were arrested.

Recently the New Taipei police received a report from a Taiwanese woman about her husband, who had been frequently visiting a massage parlor in the city, where he was believed to have solicited sex with the masseuses, The Liberty Times reported.

After months of investigations and surveillance, officers conducted a raid at premises on Zhongzheng Road in Yonghe District of New Taipei City on January 5. There, five of the seven Vietnamese masseuses, aged between 28 and 35, were found engaged in sexual services with Taiwanese men in individual rooms.

Upon arrest three massage parlor managers surnamed Ma, Wu and Tsiu admitted to the police that they were acting as middlemen and arranging customers for the prostitutes.

It was learned that masturbation, which was conducted in the name of “detox massage”, cost customers an additional NT$500 (US$16.2).

Towels and large quantities of lubricants as well as a ledger were seized as evidence.

The arrested Vietnamese women were referred to the National Immigration Agency and they will be expecting repatriation.