- The Washington Times - Friday, January 27, 2012

Montgomery County police on Friday announced they had charged four people operating spas and massage parlors in Rockville that authorities say were fronts for prostitution and human trafficking.

The arrests were the result of an investigation that began in September during which detectives noted what police said in a press release was “a dramatic increase in the number of acupressure and massage parlor advertisements in the adult section of internet sites that cater to adult services.”

Police said detectives used a new Maryland law that permits wiretapping for investigations that involve human trafficking. They also said they had received a number of complaints about illegal operations at the businesses.

Those charged were:

• Mauricio Alex Garcia Guardia, 31, of Rockville, who operates Executive Body Work at 966 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. He was charged with conducting prostitution and human trafficking.

• Howard Hao Wang, 48, of Germantown, who operates Tropical Spa at 620 Hungerford Drive in Rockville and Best Massage at 966 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. He was charged with human trafficking and conducting prostitution.

• Roberto Carrasco, 47, of Arlington, who operates Pink Spa at 932 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. He was charged with conducting prostitution.

• Feng Liu, 46, of Gaithersburg, who operates Ya Ya Spa at 751 Rockville Pike in Rockville. She was charged with human trafficking and conducting prostitution.