A grand jury has agreed with federal prosecutors and indicted three folks for allegedly working a community of “high-end brothels” in Greater Boston and jap Virginia.
Prosecutors say a trio of males led by Han Lee, 41, of Cambridge, accused of working a community of “sophisticated high-end brothels” within the two metro areas. The feds contend the group operated two web sites, one for every metro, selling girls for prostitution “under the guise of professional nude photo shoots, and established brothels in order to facilitate the engagement of commercial sex.”
The different two males are James Lee, 68, of Torrance, Calif., and Junmyung Lee, 30, of Dedham. None of the boys are associated, in accordance with prosecutors.
“The three individuals behind these websites facilitated the movement of predominately Asian women across the United States for sex trafficking in a commercial sex ring, exploiting them in the process,” Acting U.S. Attorney Joshua Levy stated in November when asserting the preliminary fees. “This commercial sex ring was built on secrecy and exclusivity, catering to a wealthy, well-connected clientele, and business was booming. Until today.”
The males operated their community, prosecutors say, out of “high-end” residences they rented, furnished and maintained in Cambridge and Watertown in Massachusetts and Fairfax and Tysons in Virginia.
While federal officers would in December announce that they have been in search of legal complaints in opposition to 28 alleged intercourse consumers, the names of these people haven’t been introduced. Levy did say throughout his announcement that if it was a good-paying occupation, “Pick a profession, they’re probably represented in this case.”
The clientele shouldn’t be tough to determine, nevertheless, because the web sites included a “verification process” for johns to ebook appointments. This course of, in accordance with courtroom paperwork, required that clients enter their full names and speak to data, in addition to itemizing their employer and a reference if they’d one.
The state Supreme Judicial Court stated Friday the show-cause hearings in Cambridge District Court for the “johns” may be open to the general public, in accordance with WCVB. Those hearings haven’t been set but.
This screening course of, prosecutors argue, together with permitting the ladies to reside within the rooms once they weren’t getting used “ persuaded the women to work for this prostitution network because the business maintained a regular customer base of men that were adequately screened.”