Per MCPD: Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police Vice and Intelligence Unit (V&I) have charged a woman with sex trafficking while operating an illegal spa. There is a concern that there may have been additional women hired and potentially victimized by Yang Jiang, and detectives are asking for them to come forward.
63-year-old Yang Jiang of New York is accused of running an unlicensed spa in the 14800 block of Physicians Lane in Rockville. In November of 2022, V&I detectives began an investigation into the spa after locating ads with scantily clad Asian women in lingerie on a website known to solicit prostitution.
During the investigation, detectives observed male clients entering and leaving the “spa.” On Wednesday, December 28, 2022, V&I detectives obtained a search warrant for the spa, and on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, detectives executed the warrant. Detectives interviewed a sex trafficking victim who stated that she had been hired by Jiang to provide massage services and that she could make extra money by providing sexual services to the clients.
On January 4, 2023, Jiang was arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit, where she was charged with prostitution. On February 3, 2023, Jiang was charged with two counts of sex trafficking.
“This arrest is the third incident in recent months involving an illicit spa and human trafficking in Montgomery County. This underscores the real and rising threat posed by human trafficking in the region,” said Chief Marcus Jones. “Victims of human trafficking are not always forced into trafficking by brute, physical means. Victims are often coerced into being trafficked over a period of time through deliberate, psychological tactics used by their traffickers, so the signs of trafficking may not always be obvious,” Jones continued. “There are several ways that victims of trafficking can obtain help and can contact either the police department directly or the Montgomery County Crisis Center.”
Anyone with information regarding Yang Jiang is asked to contact the Montgomery County Department of Police Vice and Intelligence Unit at 240-773-5958 or contact Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.
If you or someone you know is a victim of sex trafficking, please contact the Montgomery County Crisis Center. The Crisis Center provides free crisis services 24 hours a day/ 365 days a year. Services are provided by telephone (240-777-4000) or in person at 1301 Piccard Drive in Rockville (no appointment needed), or call 911.
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