- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - Delaware prosecutors say they have filed a lawsuit against a Smyrna man who they say was running several massage parlors in the state as fronts for prostitution.

The Delaware Department of Justice says its attorneys filed the lawsuit on Friday in New Castle County Superior Court against 52-year-old Da Zhong Wang.

The lawsuit says Wang owned and operated four massage parlors throughout the state. In August, Wang pleaded guilty to one count of permitting prostitution. Undercover officers said that masseuses at Wang’s parlors had offered them sex acts.

The lawsuit is seeking $100,000 for each of the seven violations of the Delaware Organized Crime and Racketeering Act. It also seeks to stop Wang from owning and operating massage parlors in Delaware.

It’s unclear whether Wang has an attorney.

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