3 more charged in alleged spa sex ring By CORINA CURRY, Rockford Register Star ROCKFORD -- Three more people have been charged in connection with what officials say was an underground sex ring run out of seven Asian health spas in Rockford from 1998 until the businesses were raided in February. Federal and local officials brought racketeering, money laundering and conspiracy charges against 10 spa owners and operators after a February raid. Last month, similar charges were filed against three others: Charles Liu, 51, Joana So Bang, 37, and Juliane Bang, no age given. Liu appeared in Rockford's federal courthouse Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to the charges and agreed to follow bond conditions so he could remain out of jail pending trial. Bond was set at $10,000. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Iasparro, who is prosecuting the cases for the Justice Department, said he couldn't comment on whether more defendants will get pulled into the case or whether more charges will be filed against the 13 already named men and women. Of those, 11 have been to court, including Mi Ran Park, 45, who was a fugitive at the time of the raid but was arrested March 23. Another defendant, Juliane Bang, is expected to turn herself in Monday. Oknyon Moser, whose last known address was in Ohio -- remains a fugitive. The lengthy investigation shut down seven Rockford spas -- Pine Tree Spa, 4315 E. State St.; Paradise Health Spa, 278 N. Phelps Ave.; Rainbow Health Spa, 4734 E. State St.; Tokyo Oriental Spa, 1538 Broadway; Royal Health Spa, 4103 S. Main St.; Osaka Spa, 4215 E. State St.; and Sakura Spa, 4415 Harrison Ave. The spas, which were licensed to give therapeutic massages, allegedly were fronts for prostitution. Some officials believe female illegal immigrants were forced to live and work at the spas, at which men would come and go at all hours, paying $60 to $140 for various sex acts. Evidence in the 13 cases includes statements from confidential sources, secretly taped conversations, credit-card receipts, phone records, bank account information and items collected by rifling through trash cans and Dumpsters. Local officials have speculated whether federal authorities will go after the spa owners and operators on charges relating to human trafficking. None has been filed. The men and women allegedly used telephone lines to transmit credit and debit card payments for sex at the massage parlors. Each charge carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.