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Owner of South Pasadena massage parlor denies prostitution charge

April 15, 2012 |  8:18 am

The owner of a South Pasadena massage business and one of her employees will appear in court May 15 to face charges related to running a prostitution sting.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office charged Massage Villa owner Ling Ling Kuo, 44, with running an illegal business and Xiaosu Xu, 25, of Diamond Bar with soliciting prostitution.

The two pleaded not guilty to the charges at Alhambra Superior Court on Friday, according to their attorney, Francis John Cowhig.

"The way it's being handled, it's as if this was one big bordello," Cowhig said. "That couldn't be farther from the truth."

Cowhig said Kuo isn't running an illegal business. He added that she may have forgotten to submit some permit-related documents to South Pasadena in the past.



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