Police find aspiring business owner’s prostitution connections

Oakdale council denies massage parlor license application

A potential Oakdale massage parlor was denied licensure June 26 by the city council after, at a previous meeting, Police Chief Bill Sullivan reported that the applicant, Lisa Liu Ramos, and several of those she planned to employ, had connections to prostitution. 

The massage therapy premises license would have allowed Ramos to operate a business, Sunrise Massage Therapy, at 1237 Geneva Ave.

Sullivan explained that Ramos applied for the license shortly after March 27, when the city council denied another premises license for that address. That license application was from a Yu Wang, for a business called Geneva Spa.

During the March 27 city council meeting Sullivan recommended denying the license for Geneva Spa based on information revealed during background research on Wang and others who would have worked there. No further details were given at that time.

At the June 12 city council meeting, Sullivan noted that Ramos’s application showed no personal work history in the massage therapy industry.

“In fact, Ms. Ramos intends to employ Li Yang, the previous Geneva Spa business applicant, as well as a number of former massage therapists of Geneva Spa, each of whom have a history of employment with businesses identified as providing illegal sex acts and engaging in prostitution,” Sullivan said, adding that Ramos, herself, also has connections with massage parlors allegedly providing such illegal services.

He explained that Yang, who would have worked at Sunrise Massage therapy, and her husband, currently own Jade Spa in White Bear Lake, “a business that has been alleged to be providing illegal sex acts and was recently the focus of a search warrant as part of an ongoing investigation.”

Following Sullivan’s June 12 statements, the city council held a public hearing, though no one chose to speak. When the council reconvened June 26, the council members in attendance unanimously agreed to deny the potential business’s licensure. Council member Bill Rasmussen was absent.

Ramos could not be reached for comment.


– Aundrea Kinney can be reached at 651-748-7822 or akinney@lillienews.com

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