Three Montgomery County massage parlor operators charged with human trafficking

Associated Press

Detectives in Montgomery County have arrested and charged three people, who are involved in several massage parlor businesses, with human trafficking and prostitution-related crimes.

Investigators say they saw two women housed in a Gaithersburg apartment getting ferried to four massage parlors. A late Friday statement from Montgomery County police says detectives learned that the women "would often provide sexual services to the male customers."

Authorities obtained warrants for the three owners and operators of the massage parlors. The suspects have been identified by police as Hong Wang, Xiaoxia Lin and Hanfeng Zhang.

They all reside in Germantown. It was not immediately known if they had lawyers.

Investigators alleged that the three suspects might have engaged in trafficking others. They also say additional suspects could be charged in the ongoing investigation.

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