Rockville Spas Were Brothels, Police Say

Owners face charges of human trafficking and conducting prostitution.

Four Rockville business owners face charges that the spas they ran offering massages and acupuncture were actually brothels, county police said in a news release on Friday.

The release details a police investigation of six businesses that began in September after police noticed an uptick in the number of acupressure and massage parlor advertisements in the adult section of websites that cater to adult services.

Police have charged owners of the following businesses, according to the release:

  • Executive Body Work, 966 Hungerford Drive, Suite 14A. Mauricio Alex Garcia Guardia, 31, of the 14000 block of Westbury Drive in Rockville, is charged with conducting prostitution and human trafficking. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
  • Tropical Spa, 620 Hungerford Drive, Suite 16. Howard Hao Wang, 48, of the 19100 block of Forest Brook Road in Germantown, is charged with human trafficking and conducting prostitution. Wang also operates Best Massage, at 966 Hungerford Dr, Suite 11A, according to the release.
  • Pink Spa, 932 Hungerford Drive, Suite 12A. Roberto Carrasco, 47, of the 1500 block of North Pierce St. in Arlington, Va., is charged with conducting prostitution.
  • Ya Ya Spa, 751 Rockville Pike, Suite 1B, Rockville. Feng Liu, 46, of the 100 block of Orchard Drive in Gaithersburg, is charged with human trafficking and conducting prostitution.

"Detectives utilized a new Maryland law that provides an exception to the Maryland Wiretap Law for investigations that involve human trafficking," the release said.

"In the past, the owners/operators of these establishments, much like 'pimps', created enough space between themselves and the business operations that allowed them to be immune from criminal accountability," the release states. "Investigators determined that illegitimate massage and acupressure businesses operating in the county had become the havens for human trafficking schemes and were exploiting the most vulnerable women as tools for profit."

Montgomery County police ask that anyone with information about the suspects or businesses involved in this investigation or information about illegal activity at other massge businesses call the Montgomery County Special Investigations Division-Vice and Intelligence Unit at 240-773-5958.

Lee Anne Blank, LMT January 28, 2012 at 04:25 AM
A huge thankyou to the Montgomery Co. Police! As the owner of a legitimate massage business in one of these shopping centers I am relieved to have these operations exposed.
carl gin January 28, 2012 at 09:18 PM
hi from new zealand... as a person of chinese heritage..i commend the police for tidying these mongrals up for your town... jj
Brigitta Mullican January 29, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Ditto thank you for the Montgomery County Police Department with this investigation and arrests. One never knows what goes on in our neighborhoods.
carl gin January 29, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Sharon January 30, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Don't believe this was in Leggett & Council's plan (along with all Rockville representatives, delegates & mercenery business moguls pushing for more stores/businesses etc that are robbing us of more aethestically-appealing 'green earth') when they said they wanted to bring 'commercial business' & jobs to the Rockville area. Hummm!
Sharon January 31, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Maybe Mayor Marcuccio & the rest of Rockville Council members should be discussing this 'type of merchant & clientele' at next meeting instead of budget issues which includes their salaries. Hummm! Thank goodness for a police force that did its work in the investigation.
Simone Johnson February 22, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Ageloc Spa should be on that list


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