According to the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, three people from Naperville and Aurora are facing charges of money laundering and prostitution in connection with eight massage parlors they own in DuPage, Cook counties , Lake and Will.
The investigation was launched three years ago by the Naperville Police Department, which began searching for ‘suspicious’ online advertisements for the businesses and conducted undercover operations during which officers were approached for sexual acts, according to a press release.
Yang Yuan, 37, and Guilan Sun, 64, both of Aurora, and Jianwei Zou, 62, of Naperville, were charged with six counts of money laundering and three counts promoting prostitution.
The defendants pleaded not guilty in arraignments this week and are due in court on August 17.
“This was a lengthy and thorough investigation that was conducted by the Naperville Police Department involving the cooperation of many agencies in the process,” Naperville Police Chief Jason Arres said in the statement. .
Police departments that have worked with Naperville are Buffalo Grove, Elmhurst, Lake Zurich, Roselle and Wheeling, he said.
State and federal agencies were also implicated, including Homeland Security Investigations, the United States Secret Service, and the Illinois State Police.
“HSI Chicago, along with our law enforcement partners, are dedicated to eradicating sexual exploitation and money laundering in our community,” said Gabriel Gonzalez, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Chicago office of Homeland Security Investigation.
“While many believe these are victimless crimes, this is not correct. Not only do exploited individuals suffer, but the community as a whole is endangered by the many crimes associated with this type of crime. illegal activity in their neighborhoods,” Gonzalez said.