A Germantown man has been arrested on human trafficking charges after it was learned that he owned two Rockville spas engaging in possible prostitution.
Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Vice and Intelligence Section charged Tin Tuan Lu, age 37, of the 12900 block of Town Commons Drive in Germantown, with committing human trafficking.
In November 2015, detectives began an investigation into human trafficking activity after receiving information about possible prostitution occurring at two businesses owned by Lu located in Rockville, said police.
Investigation revealed that Lu owns the Star Foot Spa and the Sun Foot Spa, located respectively at 966 Hungerford Drive, Suites 11A and 11B in Rockville. Detectives learned that Lu would drive six to eight adult females from his home to the spas in the morning to start the work day. The women worked at the spas during the day and return home with Lu in the evening. Investigators learned that some of the female employees performed sexual acts on customers in exchange for additional money while they were working in the spas.
On March 10, detectives executed a search warrant at the Star Foot Spa and the Sun Foot Spa. Investigators located seven women working in the spas who were later determined to be from New York, said police.
According to police, on Friday, March 18, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Lu charging him with four counts of human trafficking. Police said that on Wednesday, March 23, investigators served the arrest warrant on Lu after he turned himself into police. Lu was released after posting a $50,000 bond.
Investigators with the Vice and Intelligence Section are asking anyone with information about suspected human trafficking occurring to contact the Vice and Intelligence Section at 240-773-5959.
Below are indicators that human trafficking may be occurring:
♦ Multiple people living in a cramped space and/or living with their employer.
♦ Employer holding employee’s identification documents.
♦ Inability to speak with the individual alone.
♦ Submissive or fearful behavior by employee.
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