Owner of NH massage parlors faces prostitution chargeBy KEVIN LANDRIGAN
New Hampshire Union Leader
July 21. 2018 11:37PM
CONCORD - The owner of an Exeter massage parlor was recently indicted in federal court, charged with facilitating prostitution in violation of the federal Travel Act.
Ken D. Ma owns Oriental Bodyworks in Exeter as well as two other massage parlors in Salem and Plaistow.
Federal prosecutors accuse Ma of placing ads on Craigslist.com and other websites to promote the "carrying on of prostitution."
Prosecutors maintain this activity took place from March 1, 2015, until Nov. 7, 2017.
The other Ma-owned businesses are Q1 Natural Health Massage, LLC in Plaistow and Johnny's Massage, otherwise known as Q1 Natural in Salem.
As part of the indictment by a federal grand jury, the federal government is aiming to seize Ma's Volvo XC90 SUV, approximately $187,000 in cash, the Exeter parlor building at 55 Portsmouth Ave. and the Plaistow property at 64 Westville Road.
The federal Travel Act addresses individuals who engage in interstate or foreign commerce who have the intent to "distribute proceeds to an unlawful activity, commit any violent crime in the advancement of unlawful activity, or promoting, managing, establishing and carrying on of unlawful activity."
The statute defines unlawful activity as "any business enterprise involving gambling, liquor on which the federal excise tax has not been paid, narcotics or controlled substances, or prostitution offenses in violation of the laws of the state in which they are committed or of the United States."
According to U.S. District Court documents, federal investigators and immigration and customs agents raided the Exeter massage parlor on Nov. 7, 2017 for "customs-related" violations.
Similar raids were conducted at massage parlors in Plaistow, Salem and Londonderry, as well as Haverhill, Mass., officials said.
A federal summons was issued for Ma to be arraigned on the federal indictment next Friday.