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Prostitution bust in Monona may be connected to larger operation

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Monona (WKOW)-- Prostitution isn't a crime many people would ever imagine coming to the quiet community of Monona. Police say the Fei Fei Spa quietly operated on Frost Woods Road just off of Monona Drive for nearly two years. While the business quietly carried on, investigators were working to build a case.

"We have been looking at this business for nearly two years. It takes a lot of time and energy to build a case like this," Monona Police Chief Walter Ostrenga says.

Shortly before 10:00 p.m. Monday night, Monona police served a search warrant at Guifen's Place, also known as the Fei Fei Spa. Police arrested 51-year-old Guifen Leanna for the felony charge of keeping a place of prostitution. Her employee 37-year-old Meizhi Chen was also arrested for felony prostitution. The search warrant was executed after an undercover officer visited the business and experienced illegal sexual activity.

"It seems like it was pretty organized in how this was being done. Different massage therapists would show up every couple of weeks or every few months and there was a constant turnover," Ostrenga says.

The Monona Police Department was able to shut down this massage business about two years ago when they first came to town, because the owner did not have a license with the state of Wisconsin. Police say Guifen was able to obtain a license and started the business up again. That's when officers started to receive numerous calls from anonymous people in the community.

"I was not surprised at all. I've been saying since day one, that place was kind of shady," Monona resident Elizabeth Pieper says.

Pieper and other neighbors say everything about the business was suspicious. According to the sign on the building's front door, the business was open from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. every day of the week.

"There was just a lot of traffic. There were some, very interesting looking males going in and out of there all the time, at all hours of the day," Pieper says.

Investigators say only two women were working at the business when they executed their search warrant, but many others have worked there in the past.

"Our big concern was that the women that were working there were not doing so of their own free will. That's probably the angle we're looking at right now. Was this some sort of human trafficking trade? Are these women actually the victims of something larger than what we stumbled across?" Chief Ostrenga says. "We're looking into a bigger operation that may exist."

With a much larger human trafficking operation a possibility, investigators have notified numerous law enforcement agencies across the country. Officials say both women are Chinese nationals living in America on visas. As for the list of men that received services at this business Chief Ostrenga says that portion of the investigation is still ongoing.

One man was reportedly visiting the establishment when officers executed their search warrant Monday night. This out of state visitor told officers he was in town for a business conference and was seeking legal massage-related services. Police don't have enough evidence to arrest him for soliciting prostitution.


MONONA (WKOW) -- Shortly before 10:00 Monday night, Monona police served a search warrant at Guifen's Place, also known as the Fei Fei Spa and Massage on Frostwoods Road.

As a result of an ongoing criminal investigation into prostitution, the owner, 51-year-old Guifen Leanna, was arrested and charged with keeping a place of prostitution.  Police also arrested 37-year-old Meizhi Chen, an employee.  Chen was charged with prostitution.  Both women were taken to the Dane County Jail and charges referred to the Dane County District Attorney's Office.

Assisting in the investigation was the Town of Madison Police Department.

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