FBI, Bellingham Gang Task Force enter downtown massage parlor

May 13 update: Search warrants served on 6 Bellingham businesses suspected of promoting prostitution



FBI agents and members of the Bellingham Police Gang Task Force entered a downtown foot massage parlor Thursday morning.

Officers with vests that identified their agencies pulled an unmarked vehicle into a nearby parking lot and entered the Golden Foot Massage parlor at 207 E. Chestnut St. around 11 a.m.

Bellingham Police Lt. Claudia Murphy said the officers were serving a search warrant on the business, but couldn’t provide additional information right away.

The parlor door was open for around a half-hour, but then was closed.

Officials on the scene did not comment on the situation.

According to the Better Business Bureau website, Golden Foot Massage is a limited liability company owned by Yuling Yang.

The Washington State Department of Health website shows a massage therapist license is pending for Yang.

In a statement provided to The Bellingham Herald, an FBI spokesperson said, “The FBI was assisting Bellingham Police Department conducting law enforcement activity near the 200 block of east Chestnut Street in Bellingham, Wash. The FBI routinely assists our local law enforcement partners in matters such as this. Given the ongoing investigation is being led by Bellingham PD, the FBI is not providing additional information at this time.”