Attorneys face off with opening statements in prostitution trial |

Attorneys face off with opening statements in prostitution trial

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. A prostitution trial arising from an undercover operation at the A1 Chinese Health Care Massage in Glenwood Springs began Tuesday.In opening statements, 9th Judicial Deputy District Attorney Kate Brewer argued that an undercover officer’s testimony and other evidence will show Hui Jun Mu was guilty of prostitution. She said an undercover officer paid for a massage, and Jun Mu made contact with his private parts, asking him, “You like?” and later, “You want?” She said the officer said yes, at which point Jun Mu held up six fingers and said, “60 dollar.” The officer asked about exactly what he would receive, while making an up-and-down hand motion. He then indicated Jun Mu could find the money in his pants nearby, which Jun Mu took, Brewer said.Defense attorney Thomas Silverman argued there was never any real communication between the officer and Jun Mu due to her very limited English. He said there is no evidence of either Jun Mu or the officer ever speaking a word about any sex act, and the complaint that led to the undercover operation referred to phone calls that occurred while Jun Mu was not even in Glenwood Springs.He said she was happily married with a 24-year-old child and a 6-year-old child, had completed 600 hours of massage training and would never commit prostitution. He said she moved to the U.S. in 1998 in order to have the second child because having two children is illegal in China.”The evidence is going to show this officer had extreme difficulty trying to communicate the most basic of things,” he said, adding that he anticipated a not guilty verdict for the “embarrassing, humiliating false charge.”A jury of four women and two men listened to the proceedings in front Judge Paul Metzger. Jun Mu tuned in through a headset while one of two Mandarin Chinese interpreters whispered translations into a microphone.Silverman had previously tried unsuccessfully to get evidence thrown out, arguing that the arrest was illegal and was conducted without a warrant.Jun Mu, 49, was arrested Oct. 5 at the A1 Chinese Health Care Massage on Grand Avenue. She was originally charged with prostitution and unlawful sexual contact.In a separate case, Qing Zhang was arrested the same night in a similar undercover operation at the Asian Day Spa on Cooper Avenue. She is next scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 29. The owner of the VIP Spa in Parachute, Yong Sun Fountain was arrested in April in a third similar undercover operation. An employee of hers, Soon Hee Kim, was also arrested at the VIP Spa.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611 pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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