ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Authorities in Maryland have shut down a massage parlor and charged its owner with human trafficking.
Court documents show, Montgomery County Police describes Rose’s Spa in Rockville as a “house of prostitution.”
Police say officers tracked the owner Emily Zhang Lawrence shuttling six women back and forth from a home in Germantown she used as a dormitory for sex workers.
A four-month police investigation found 18 male customers admitted to paying for illicit sexual acts. Police noted the employees are thought to be Chinese immigrants recruited from Flushing, New York.
Lawrence faces up to 41 years in prison if convicted on charges including prostitution and human trafficking. The Frederick County States Attorney’s office will handle this case. Lawrence is facing a total of 5 charges, three human trafficking and two prostitution charges.
Trial is set for Aug. 30.