LOS SANTOS, CA – The city never sleeps. Neither does the constant hustle. Players are always trying to find the next glitch or bug to increase revenues and get the upper-hand, it is the nature of the beast. Investigators have uncovered a prostitution ring they say was run by a Navy computer expert that advertised via Lifeinvader and various magazines. The ring was organized by Petty Officer 2nd Class Billy Mayton, a computer scientist at the Easter Basin Naval Station, and Jiang Liang, a local massage parlor chain owner. At least 50 prostitutes and 350 patrons are involved according to police estimates. The ring’s clients and prostitutes included Los Santos banking executives, a Palomino Highlands priest, and a Blaine County police officer. The network drew clients and prostitutes from around the world.
A multi-agency prostitution sing led by the Los Santos police department forced the closure of several illegal massage parlors. Seven massage parlors in East Los Santos and Vinewood were boarded up by authorities this week. The two ring leaders made an appearance in a Blaine County courtroom on Friday. Bill Mayton and Jiang Liang were each charged with seven counts of promoting prostitution and one count of organized crime. Liang was also charge with two counts of soliciting prostitution.
“We don’t want Los Santos to be a part of human trafficking, we don’t want Blaine County to be a part of human trafficking.” said Los Santos City Councilman Marty Shorts. Shorts said the undercover investigation began months ago, all thanks to tips from concerned citizens. “A number of citizens informed me that they were operating at all hours of the day” said Shorts. “They wondered what was going on.”
Dee Wolf who lived across the street from two of the illegal businesses said he had a perfect view.
“Weird hours, always late at night and it was always guys,” said Wolf. “Never seen women going in for a foot massage, mostly men.”
“Never seen women going in for a foot massage, mostly men.”
Along with the arrest of Mayton and Liang, several women who were forced to work in the shops were arrested, however the victims will also receive assistance from local agencies. “The women are brought in and they live in the building and they make like 10 bucks a day,” said Shorts. “They are basically kept in a state of being held hostage. It’s a form of slavery, modern day slavery.”
Shorts now says he plans on introducing a law to make it difficult for massage parlors to operate at night. One idea, to limit business hours from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
“At two or three in the morning the massage that people are looking for isn’t the massage that most masseuse go to school for,” said Short.
“At two or three in the morning the massage that people are looking for isn’t the massage that most masseuse go to school for.”
The Los Santos City Council next meets on Tuesday, September 13th.
Supporting agencies included: FIB, IAA, National Office of Security Enforcement South Bay Child Exploitation Task Force (SBCETF), California State Patrol, Blaine County Sheriff’s Office, Vinewood Police Department, Federal Protective Service, Department of Corrections, Blaine County Prosecutor’s Office, Blaine County Prosecutor’s Office, Attorney General’s Office, and HOPE community advocacy center.
Code enforcement also assisted with boarding up the businesses. Four of the massage parlors face electrical violations, three massage parlors were cited for construction issues.