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Massage parlor owners charged with prostitution, trafficking in Gaithersburg

Police first became aware of possible prostitution and trafficking in December 2017.

GAITHERSBURG, Md. -- Three people who own and operate several massage parlors in Montgomery County were arrested and charged with prostitution and human-trafficking offenses on Tuesday.

Hong Wang, age 56, and Xiaoxia Lin, age 42, both from the 12500 block of Laurel Grove Road in Germantown, and Hanfeng Zhang, age 55, of the 19600 block of Gunners Branch Road in Germantown were all arrested.

Police first became aware of possible prostitution and trafficking in December 2017. The massage parlors in question are located:

  • Two massage parlors at 966 Hungerford Drive
  • One at 7246 Muncaster Mill Road in Derwood
  • One at massage parlor located at 28 South Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg.

All of them are owned by Lin, Wang and Zhang.

The investigation revealed that two Asian women, who were identified as from New York, were living in an apartment on Clopper Road in Gaithersburg. Police say Lin would drive these women to the massage parlors to work.

Interviews later revealed that these women were providing “sexual services” to male customers.

Lin and Wang are currently being held on a $25,000 bond. It is not clear if Zhang has bond.

Police believe there may have been more people involved and the investigation is ongoing.

Investigators are urging anyone who has information to contact the Vice and Intelligence Unit at 240-773-5959.