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Guilty Pleas in Massage Sex Trafficking Case

Shuangyan Yang and Matthew Shykes were originally charged with sex trafficking and racketeering. Shuangyan Yang and Matthew Shykes were originally charged with sex trafficking and racketeering. |  Photo: St. Louis County Jail

Baihly Warfield
Updated: December 03, 2019 07:04 PM

The couple involved in a Twin Ports massage parlor sex trafficking bust entered guilty pleas Tuesday afternoon. 

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In March, Matthew Shykes and Shuangyan Yang were arrested and charged with sex trafficking and racketeering. Authorities say women that were working at their three Twin Ports massage businesses were engaging in sex acts for money. 

Tuesday afternoon, Yang pleaded guilty to the racketeering charge, and the trafficking charge against her was dropped per the plea agreement. 

She told Judge David Johnson that she knew the women working for them were involved in sex acts with their customers and that she and Shykes received some of the proceeds. 

She will be sentenced Dec. 20 and then turned over to immigration services. The judge said that she would not receive prison time.

Shykes pleaded guilty to one charge of failure to pay taxes. His sex trafficking charge was also dismissed with the plea bargain.

He told Judge Johnson that he filed his 2018 taxes late as a result of their arrest, and that he didn't pay sales tax on $12,000 of income.

Shykes will be sentenced Jan. 10. 

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