2 L.A. women suspected of running prostitution business out of Ventura County spa

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Two women from the Los Angeles area were arrested by Ventura County authorities on suspicion of running a spa business in Newbury Park that offered illegal commercial sex services.

Min Qiao, 44, of Hacienda Heights and Xia Baker, 58, of Rowland Heights were arrested earlier this month and are facing charges for pimping and pandering. Qiao faces additional charges for money laundering and bribery.

The two operated a business called Health Spa, which is located on the 400 block of North Ventu Park Road in Newbury Park.

The business became the subject of an investigation by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office in September 2023 and detectives deemed that the business was offering commercial sex services. Investigators uncovered evidence which authorities said showed that Qiao and Baker were benefiting financially from their employees performing the illegal sex acts.

On May 8, detectives from the Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office and Thousand Oaks City Code Enforcement, served search warrants at the business, as well as the homes of Qiao and Baker.

The two were later arrested as part of the investigation and were booked into the Ventura County Sheriff’s Main Jail.

Baker was released after posting bail. Qiao remains in custody, jail records show.

Both women are due in court on June 14.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.