Police on Wednesday raided a Spring Grove massage parlor and arrested three workers accused of conducting a business where sexual services were exchanged for money.
Charged in connection with the monthslong investigation are 57-year-old Un Hui Wilcox, 59-year-old Hyun J. Nam and Jial Lee, whose age was not immediately available.
After the arrests, multiple workers removed from the massage parlor were offered services including housing and psychological treatment, according to a news release.
Wilcox and Nam both are charged with promoting prostitution. Nam and Lee face additional counts of prostitution. Although prostitution is a misdemeanor offense that typically results in less than one year in jail, Nam and Wilcox could face between one and three years in prison for promoting the act.
The investigation began on Aug. 27, when a pair of Spring Grove police officers spotted two people walking around a business that was under construction at 2020 Route 12, court records show.
On Sept. 24, the police department received an anonymous tip that the Spring Spa located at that address was “operating as an illegal sex operation,” according to court records.
The anonymous person advised that they were offered sexual acts in exchange for $220. Since that time, the Spring Grove Police Department has received at least three additional anonymous tips of a similar nature, according to court documents.
The owner of a Crystal Lake-area spa by the same name was arrested in 2013 after a separate undercover operation at the business.
On Sept. 4, an undercover officer entered the spa and was met by a woman who introduced herself as “Mama-san” and later was identified as Wilcox, court records show.
Wilcox sprayed the officer with disinfectant and then asked him to follow her into the spa through a locked door, court records show. She then led another woman into the room and shut the door, leaving the second female and the undercover officer alone together, court records show.
What began as a back massage quickly turned sexual. When the officer asked whether he was receiving a “normal” massage, the woman replied “yes,” according to court documents.
The investigation continued in partnership with the McHenry County Human Trafficking Task Force throughout the next several months, according to court records. In that time, investigators noted several men enter the business and leave after 45 minutes to an hour.
The undercover officer went back to the spa on Nov. 12 and was again sprayed with disinfectant and was offered additional sexual services by another woman, court records show.
On Sept. 30, another undercover officer posed as an interested renter for a suite adjacent to the Spring Spa. While meeting with a representative of the company that manages the strip mall, the real estate agent told the officer, “Well, obviously this is a massage parlor. Not one that you would want to go to, but my son goes there and loves it,” court records show.
Nam was released from the McHenry County Jail on Thursday without posting a cash bond. She’s due back in court Dec. 10.
Wilcox remained at the jail on a $20,000 bond, meaning she would need to post $2,000 bail to secure her release.
Lee did not appear to be in custody at the McHenry Jail as of Thursday afternoon.