LAFAYETTE -- An undercover prostitution sting at a massage parlor netted one arrest Tuesday afternoon and will allow the city to move to revoke the business's license, police said.

An undercover officer reported being solicited by an employee at Pacifico Massage Parlor, at 3555 Mount Diablo Blvd., Lafayette police said. Officers arrested Fidina Wai Cheng, 41, of San Francisco. She was cited for solicitation to engage in prostitution and released.

Police also seized computers and cash at the parlor. The department will next move to revoke the massage registration for the business, according to a news release.

No one answered a phone number listed as belonging to the salon early Tuesday evening.

The arrest comes one day after the expiration of a grace period during which all massage practitioners and therapists were required to become state certified if they wish to practice in Lafayette. In May, the city passed a law requiring all massage practitioners and therapists working in Lafayette be certified with the California Massage Therapy Council.

At an informational meeting last week, police Chief Eric Christensen and City Manager Steven Falk told a group of massage therapists that the city would not tolerate illegal businesses.

Lafayette has been cracking down on massage parlors offering sexual activity and Christensen said recent enforcement had resulted in the closure of three massage parlors.


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Anyone with information on similar illegal operations is asked to call the police at 925-283-3680.