Southlake restaurant shut down after owner arrested in prostitution ring
A Southlake restaurant has been shut down following an investigation into prostitution by the Dallas Police Department.
Dragon House, which opened in May, has been closed, and its owner, Yong Bei-Wang-Murphy, who went by "Lucy," was arrested. Dragon House was one of a number of businesses connected to a prostitution ring operating out of Jade Spa, a massage parlor in Dallas' Design District.
According to a release from the DPD, the Dallas Police Vice Unit began their investigation of Jade Spa, a massage business where prostitution and possible human trafficking was taking place, in February 2019.
The investigation included identification of the operators, investors, and owners of the business.
On October 30, the Dallas Police Department, along with local law enforcement partners, executed search warrants at Jade Spa and eight associated addresses in Dallas, Carrollton, Grapevine, Arlington, Southlake, and Irving.
That included Dragon House, which was found to have direct ties to Jade Spa's owners and management, and was financially linked to the illegal activities at Jade Spa.
Officers arrested six people involved in the financing and operation of Jade Spa:
- Chung Shendelman – 62-year-old Asian female
- Yong Bei-Wang-Murphy – 51-year-old Asian female
- Yong Suk Brown – 61-year-old Asian female
- Unlu Gurpinar – 64-year-old white male
- Sangchan Byun – 41-year-old Asian male
- Jae Jasmin Lee – 48-year-old Asian female
The suspects were charged with Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution and Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity and taken to Dallas Police headquarters to be interviewed before being transported to the Dallas County Jail.
Three additional suspects remain at large.
Detectives detained a number of women who were confined to a room at the spa, and are working with organization partners to identify and offer support to those found to be victims of trafficking.
Jade Spa's Certificate of Occupancy has been revoked, and the city attorney's office has obtained a temporary restraining order to keep the business from reopening.
Warrants were also executed at several local banks, with approximately $370,000 related to the criminal operation either seized or frozen.
The Dallas Police Department worked with state and federal partners as well as the Irving, Arlington, Grapevine, and Southlake Police Departments, who assisted in executing search warrants.
Major Max Geron, who helps oversee the department's criminal investigations bureau, praised the teamwork involved, saying, "The men and women of Dallas Police Department's Vice Unit and Narcotics Section, with our NGO partners, assembled a complex investigation of a criminal operation that reached into the suburbs and mid-cities. Their teamwork is a national model."