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Massage parlor owners charged with running brothels

Saturday - 1/28/2012, 10:05am  ET

ROCKVILLE, Md - The owners of four Rockville massage parlors have been charged with running brothels, and used their businesses as illegal fronts for human trafficking operations.

Montgomery County police began investigating several massage parlors in September after noticing an increase of acupressure and massage parlor advertisements in the adult sections of websites that cater to adults services, and after receiving several complaints from the public about these businesses.

Police say the owners/operators of these parlors have been exploiting the most vulnerable women as tools for profit.

Search warrants were executed a six Rockville area businesses, and the owners of four have been charged with conducting prostitution and human trafficking.

  • Mauricio Alex Garcia Guardia, 31, owner of Executive Body Work at 966 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Md.
  • Howard Hao Wang, 48, owner of Tropical Spa, 620 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Md.
  • Roberto Carrasco, 47, owner of Pink Spa, 932 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Md
  • Feng Liu, 46, owner of the Ya Ya Spa, 751 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md.

Police are still investigating cases of illegal massage parlors in the county. Anyone with information about the suspects or businesses involved in this investigation or information about illegal activity at other massage businesses is asked to call the Montgomery County Special Investigations Division-Vice and Intelligence Unit at (240) 773-5958.

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