Police Say Clarence Nail Salon Front for Prostitution

October 8, 2011 Updated Oct 8, 2011 at 8:24 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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October 8, 2011 Updated Oct 8, 2011 at 8:24 PM EDT

Clarence, NY
(WKBW)

After ads popped up in the adult section of the Art Voice newspaper and suspicious men showed up at the spa, people in the neighborhood close to the supposed nail salon became suspicious.

"Odd things started happening. They closed off the front of the building, put up a solid wood door with a peep hole and the doors were locked and they wouldn't answer to any women," said Tricia Calabrese who owns the Curve's of Clarence gym located directly next door to the spa.

When Flourishing Spa opened up about six weeks ago on Sheridan Drive in Clarence, Calabrese says she was excited about it.

But it didn't take long for her and her customers to realize there weren't manicures or pedicures taking place there.

"The constant stream of men was really the giveaway it was just every half hour or so and all the time seven days a week," said Calabrese.

Danny Stephan is a piano instructor for Extreme Drum and Guitar School two doors down,"I'd leave here at 10 or 10:30 at night and obviously these places are supposed to be closed and there would be people coming by," explained Stephan.

New York State Police and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations caught on too and arrested 47 year old Hongping Zhang Friday for prostitution and unlicensed massage therapy after a special investigation.

Town of Clarence Code Enforcement officials have closed down the business.

Zhang is currently in custody on pending arraignment in Town of Clarence court.