Per the Frederick County Sheriff’s Department: On Oct. 28, 2022, members of the Frederick County Human Trafficking Response Team (HRT), successfully executed numerous search and seizure warrants at several Frederick County massage parlors.
As a result of the ongoing investigation, law enforcement representatives detained Huiping Hester, age 52, from Bethesda, Maryland, without incident. Hester, transported to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center, faces charges of two counts of sex trafficking and 14 additional counts associated with trafficking and prostitution. The investigation stemmed from numerous citizen complaints of suspicious activity occurring at the following locations:
• Calla Spa –3518 Worthington Blvd. Unit 201 in Urbana, Maryland
• YiYi Spa –178 Thomas Johnson Dr. Suite 204 in Frederick
Through their investigation and extensive surveillance, investigators developed enough probable cause to obtain the search warrants. The HRT, comprised of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) Narcotics Investigations Section, Frederick Police Department Tactical and Criminal Investigations Section, and with assistance from the Department of Homeland Security, started in February 2018. The mission of the Human Trafficking Response Team is to provide a victim-centered, collaborative response to human trafficking in Frederick County to assist in the identification of victims, prosecution of cases, and the availability and use of comprehensive services for victims.
“This long-term investigation, which dismantled this organized trafficking network, demonstrates our focus on the big-picture problem of human trafficking locally,” said FCSO Sheriff Chuck Jenkins. “This type of organized criminal activity is often closely associated with drug trafficking and other illicit activities.
“The investigative goal is three-pronged, to include shutting down the operation, prosecuting those responsible, and getting the victims out of these enslaved conditions. This recent dismantling is simply a small sampling of a much larger problem regionally and nationally. The successful execution of these warrants is just another part of our efforts to keep Frederick County a safe place for everyone.”
If you are a victim of human trafficking or have information to report about this type of criminal activity, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline 888-373-7888 or the FCSO at 301-600-1046.