A 41-year-old Inver Grove Heights woman was sentenced on Thursday to five-plus years in prison in connection to her role in promoting prostitution at Herb Spa, a massage parlor business she owned in Inver Grove Heights.

Xueyan Wang pleaded guilty in September to two counts of second-degree prostitution.

Wang was also ordered to pay $2,000 in penalty assessments and register as a predatory offender.

In March 2019, Inver Grove Heights police officers began investigating Herb Spa after it was alleged that acts of prostitution were occurring there, according to the criminal complaint.

During the investigation, officers communicated with multiple men who admitted they received sexual services from different women at Herb Spa. The investigation revealed that Wang made multiple runs to and from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport; and paid airfare for women to fly here from San Francisco and Chicago.

When officers entered the business, they located two women inside who were living in the back of the business and did not speak English.

One confirmed she was from California and had been working at the business since February. She indicated she pays Wang rent and that Wang retains half the profits that she makes from the services provided.

It was reported that Wang provided groceries and toiletries for the women.

Approximately $13,000 in bundles of currency were located in the business dating back to June 10. In a safety deposit box belonging to Wang, over $42,000 in mostly $20 bills was located.

“Human trafficking is a serious crime and we are pleased to have brought Xueyan Wang to justice for her role in this prostitution business,” Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said in a press release.

Backstrom praised assistant county attorneys Cassandra Shepherd and Caitlyn Prokopowicz who prosecuted the case.

Backstrom also thanked Inver Grove Heights Police Department for their prompt and thorough investigation.

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