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Charges of gang rape against Korean church members withdrawn

http://www.gbooza.com/forum/topics/charges-of-gang-rape-against-korean-church-members-withdrawn#axzz1qFGdeISW
timothy appleby
Globe and Mail Update
Published Monday, Oct. 17, 2011 6:25PM EDT
The peculiar tale of a small Toronto-based Korean church alleged by its critics to be a cult turned a page Monday when almost 500 sex-related criminal charges laid against nine former members were all withdrawn.

“It was an utterly bizarre case, one of the strangest I’ve seen in 30 years of work,” defence lawyer Peter Zaduk said after the proceedings wrapped up.

Among other things, the nine accused were charged with gang sexual assault, forcible confinement, administering stupefying drugs, threatening death and the production of child pornography.

Six of the accused – four men and two women – listened attentively to a Korean translator in the Finch Avenue courtroom as prosecutor Paul Zambonini told Ontario Court of Justice Judge Antonio Di Zio there was no longer any reasonable prospect of securing convictions.

The other three accused had fled Canada to their homeland, South Korea, with whom Canada has no extradition treaty. Warrants for their arrest will now be rescinded, Mr. Zambonini said later.

None of the nine had ever been in trouble with the law before, either here or in South Korea.

“Today six innocent people walked out of that courtroom,” defence lawyer Craig Bottomley said afterward.

“They’ve been through nothing but pure hell this past year and a half.”

During a five-week preliminary hearing that ended last month and whose contents can now be reported, Judge Di Zio listened to a battery of prosecution evidence.

It hinged on the allegations of five female complainants, who, like the accused, belonged to the Canada Jesus First Church, formerly of Orangeville but now on Bayview Avenue in Toronto.

The congregation was and is headed by Pastor Jan-Kap Song, 56, a controversial figure who is still before the courts on a separate charge of sexual assault unrelated to the 485 charges that were withdrawn against the nine.

Most of the church’s members were visa-exchange students in their 30s, many of them studying Chinese herbal medicine.

When the story first broke last year, drawing intense interest among South Korean news organizations because of suggestions it was a cult, it had an estimated 50 members in the GTA, mostly female. Now there are thought to be less than a dozen.

Their preliminary hearing, where Mr. Song testified for two days as a prosecution witness, heard allegations of gang rapes in open fields involving dozens of participants, including wives who acted as cheerleaders.

And as the investigation progressed, the number of charges swiftly grew.

But from the outset, it was the defence position that everything had been fabricated.

“Higher-ups in the church, for reasons that are not entirely clear, orchestrated these charges,” Mr. Zaduk said.

Judge Di Zio made clear he agreed with the decision to let the case collapse.

“Based on the evidence I heard, certainly it’s the proper thing to do,” he said.

In his testimony, Mr. Song agreed that he had successfully been sued for hundreds of thousands of dollars by the family of one church member.

The preliminary hearing also heard tapes of Mr. Song telling his congregation, before the nine defendants were formally accused, that they were going to be charged.

The six defendants who were in court all agreed to sign $500 peace bonds, but there was no admission of any wrongdoing, several of their lawyers said. Rather, the peace bonds were to ensure there was no contact between them and the five complainants, who remain vulnerable to pressure “by a third party or parties,” Mr. Zaduk told the court.

Mr. Song, meanwhile, has been committed to trial on a charge of sexual assault after his own preliminary hearing.

He was arrested in March of last year in Orangeville after a woman renting an apartment he owned told police he had fondled her.

In South Korea, where his 13-year-old church has a branch, he has simultaneously been charged with mischief, threatening, forcible confinement and defamation of character.

Those charges also arose out of his role as the leader of the Canada Jesus First Church and were laid after the three defendants who went back to their homeland complained to authorities.

South Korean law allows criminal charges to be laid against any of its nationals, regardless of where they live.

Marina Woman Locked Mother-in-Law in Chicken Coop

October 30, 2011
http://www.backyard-chicken-coop.net/marina-woman-locked-mother-in-law-in-chicken-coop
MARINA, Calif. -- A 92-year-old Marina woman was battered and locked in a chicken coop by her daughter-in-law on Wednesday night, police said.
Myuong Sakasegawa, 64, of Marina, attacked her mother-in-law, stole the elderly woman's purse and locked her inside a chicken coop, Marina police said.
Sakasegawa left and the mother-in-law was trapped in the locked chicken coop for more than an hour. Finally, her son returned home on the 3000 block of Del Monte Boulevard and she called out to him.
Sakasegawa's husband freed his mother from the coop.
Sakasegawa was arrested and booked into the Monterey County Jail on charges of battery, false imprisonment and elder abuse.
Sakasegawa's house has high walls surrounding the property. Their only neighbor is the Marina Police Department, which is on the other side of the home's fence.


Charges of gang rape against Korean church members withdrawn

timothy appleby
Globe and Mail Update
Published Monday, Oct. 17, 2011 6:25PM EDT
The peculiar tale of a small Toronto-based Korean church alleged by its critics to be a cult turned a page Monday when almost 500 sex-related criminal charges laid against nine former members were all withdrawn.

“It was an utterly bizarre case, one of the strangest I’ve seen in 30 years of work,” defence lawyer Peter Zaduk said after the proceedings wrapped up.

Among other things, the nine accused were charged with gang sexual assault, forcible confinement, administering stupefying drugs, threatening death and the production of child pornography.

Six of the accused – four men and two women – listened attentively to a Korean translator in the Finch Avenue courtroom as prosecutor Paul Zambonini told Ontario Court of Justice Judge Antonio Di Zio there was no longer any reasonable prospect of securing convictions.

The other three accused had fled Canada to their homeland, South Korea, with whom Canada has no extradition treaty. Warrants for their arrest will now be rescinded, Mr. Zambonini said later.

None of the nine had ever been in trouble with the law before, either here or in South Korea.

“Today six innocent people walked out of that courtroom,” defence lawyer Craig Bottomley said afterward.

“They’ve been through nothing but pure hell this past year and a half.”

During a five-week preliminary hearing that ended last month and whose contents can now be reported, Judge Di Zio listened to a battery of prosecution evidence.

It hinged on the allegations of five female complainants, who, like the accused, belonged to the Canada Jesus First Church, formerly of Orangeville but now on Bayview Avenue in Toronto.

The congregation was and is headed by Pastor Jan-Kap Song, 56, a controversial figure who is still before the courts on a separate charge of sexual assault unrelated to the 485 charges that were withdrawn against the nine.

Most of the church’s members were visa-exchange students in their 30s, many of them studying Chinese herbal medicine.

When the story first broke last year, drawing intense interest among South Korean news organizations because of suggestions it was a cult, it had an estimated 50 members in the GTA, mostly female. Now there are thought to be less than a dozen.

Their preliminary hearing, where Mr. Song testified for two days as a prosecution witness, heard allegations of gang rapes in open fields involving dozens of participants, including wives who acted as cheerleaders.

And as the investigation progressed, the number of charges swiftly grew.

But from the outset, it was the defence position that everything had been fabricated.

“Higher-ups in the church, for reasons that are not entirely clear, orchestrated these charges,” Mr. Zaduk said.

Judge Di Zio made clear he agreed with the decision to let the case collapse.

“Based on the evidence I heard, certainly it’s the proper thing to do,” he said.

In his testimony, Mr. Song agreed that he had successfully been sued for hundreds of thousands of dollars by the family of one church member.

The preliminary hearing also heard tapes of Mr. Song telling his congregation, before the nine defendants were formally accused, that they were going to be charged.

The six defendants who were in court all agreed to sign $500 peace bonds, but there was no admission of any wrongdoing, several of their lawyers said. Rather, the peace bonds were to ensure there was no contact between them and the five complainants, who remain vulnerable to pressure “by a third party or parties,” Mr. Zaduk told the court.

Mr. Song, meanwhile, has been committed to trial on a charge of sexual assault after his own preliminary hearing.

He was arrested in March of last year in Orangeville after a woman renting an apartment he owned told police he had fondled her.

In South Korea, where his 13-year-old church has a branch, he has simultaneously been charged with mischief, threatening, forcible confinement and defamation of character.

Those charges also arose out of his role as the leader of the Canada Jesus First Church and were laid after the three defendants who went back to their homeland complained to authorities.

South Korean law allows criminal charges to be laid against any of its nationals, regardless of where they live.

‘Austin Powers’ actor a suspect in death of California prison inmate found dead in his cell


By Associated Press, Published: October 12

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A bit actor who appeared in the first “Austin Powers” movie is suspected in the death of his cellmate at the California prison where he is serving a life sentence, corrections officials said Tuesday.

Joseph Son , 40, wore a bowler hat and played one of Dr. Evil’s henchmen, named Random Task, in 1997’s “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.” He also was a mixed martial arts fighter who appeared in several other movies or videos in the 1990s, according to his Hollywood biography.
He arrived at Wasco State Prison in the state’s Central Valley on Sept. 16 after he was sentenced in Orange County for the 1990 gang rape of a Southern California woman.

The dead inmate was a parole violator serving a new two-year sentence from San Luis Obispo County for failing to register as a sex offender. He was found dead in the cell he shared with Son before 6 p.m. Monday.

The death was being treated as a homicide, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Terry Thornton said.

Thornton and Wasco State Prison spokesman Henry Cervantez couldn’t say how the inmate died or why the death was considered suspicious. The cellmate, age 50, wasn’t immediately identified because relatives had not been notified.

The Kern County District Attorney’s Office, which is assisting the investigation, didn’t immediately comment. A spokesman for the sheriff-coroner’s office, Ray Pruitt, said an autopsy would likely be performed Wednesday.

Both men were in the reception unit for new inmates at the 20-year-old prison, which houses about 5,800 inmates. The cellmate had arrived on June 23.

Son was convicted of one count of torture in August after his DNA linked him to the abduction of a then-19-year-old victim as she walked her dog near her apartment on Christmas Eve.

Son and a co-defendant, Santiago Lopez Gaitan, 40, drove the woman to Huntington Beach at gunpoint, where they raped and sodomized her in the back of the car. They repeatedly threatened to kill her, hitting her with the pistol and telling her she was going to die.

The badly injured woman begged for her life, prosecutors said, and the two men released her naked and blindfolded with her own pants.

Police collected DNA evidence, but couldn’t match it to her attackers until Son was required to provide a DNA sample after he pleaded guilty to felony vandalism in 2008 and violated probation.

Son’s co-defendant was sentenced to 17 years and four months in state prison after he pleaded guilty in January to five felonies, including kidnapping and sodomy by force in concert.

Nike Slaps Ban on Gyeonggi Council Members

By Bae Ji-sook
Staff Reporter

Regional council members' angered an international sports goods maker through making sexually explicit gestures during their visit to its headquarters abroad. The politicians quickly tried to explain themselves, claiming ``difference of culture'' as an excuse, but businessmen in the United States called for an apology and prohibited the council members from visiting them again.

According to the Chosun Ilbo, the incident began when seven members of Gyeonggi provincial council visited the headquarters of the world's largest sports utilities maker Nike in Portland, USA, early March as part of their efforts to forge ties between Korea and the US. While there, two council members reportedly touched the breasts and private parts of a female statue. Witnesses said they even tried to put their hands in the statue's crotch while giggling. This left many of the workers there feeling horrified.

Later on, the witnesses complained to the company that the politicians' behavior was terribly embarrassing. ``Half of them were behaving like immature teenagers'' one reportedly said.

The headquarters' spokesman told the council team that the company felt deeply uncomfortable after hearing about what happened and that they will ``not welcome any further visits from the council.''

The two shunned members sent an abrupt apology email to Nike saying if any inappropriate demeanor had taken place, it was never on purpose but due to a difference in cultures.

They later claimed that they may have ``leaned toward the statue'', but nothing like what was mentioned in Nike's complaints. ``We did take pictures but no such dramatic things happened. It was miscommunication stemming from a difference between cultures. We just made an apology because Nike seemed to want it, that's all,'' a council member said.
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2008/05/117_23480.html


Seaside police bust prostitution house

The Salinas Californian, CA - Jan 15, 2008
easide police said they have arrested a Korean national and two Thai nationals at Avalon Spa, 1201 La Salle Ave., after an undercover investigation revealed prostitution activity involving foreign women.

Police said Asian women were brought to the spa from the San Francisco Bay area and the east coast to work as prostitutes.

Hyon Chung, a Korean national, was a keeper at Avalon Spa who arrived from North Carolina about two months ago, police said. Chung was charged with pimping, pandering and keeping a house of ill fame.

Supadis Chunsuk and Phathana Pudpa were charged with living in a house of ill fame and were found to have federal arrest warrants. Chunsuk was also charged with prostitution. Pudpa has a history of prostitution in the state of New York.

Immigration holds were placed on all three.


US Still Rates S.Korea as Sex Tourism Destination

Chosun Ilbo, South Korea - Jan 15, 2008
The U.S. Congressional Research Service still rates South Korea as a major Asian destination for organized sex tours in a recent report entitled "Trafficking in Persons: U.S. Policy and Issues for Congress.”

Since the prostitution crackdown laws went into effect on Sept. 23, 2004, Korea says, brothels have been closed down, organized prostitution for foreign tourists has to all intents and purposes eradicated, and ordinary prostitution has been outlawed and drastically reduced. All this is corroborated by objective data. The latest classification by the CRS is therefore a blow for the Korean government, highlighting the need to disseminate accurate information to improve the national image.

In the report issued last week, the CRS lists South Korea as a primary Asian destination for organized sex tours, alongside the Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong. By citing Indonesia and Taiwan as secondary destinations for organized sex tours, the report suggests prostitution in South Korea is more serious than in these two countries.

An official with the South Korean Embassy in Washington said, "We're making all-out efforts to present accurate information on Korea to politicians, government officials, academics and experts in the U.S. It is sometimes possible that accurate information on the reality in Korea is not delivered. We'll take a proper countermeasure after finding out the truth first."

According to the CRS report, U.S. President George W. Bush on Oct. 18, 2007 issued sanctions against North Korea, Burma, Cuba, Iran, Syria, and Venezuela, which the U.S. State Department had categorized, in its own human trafficking report, as Tier 3 countries for failing to address the problem of trafficking for forced labor.
http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200801/200801160017.html

RBlue House sex ring case unsealed

Marianas Variety, Micronesia - Feb 11, 2008
A separate felony charge of prostitution filed against the Korean owners of a local bar and two other employees has been unsealed in the District Court of Guam, detailing the modus operandi of the defendants who allegedly traffick young girls from Chuuk to be sold for sex at $40 each.

Song Ja Cha, 65, and her husband In Han Cha, 56, together with their two Chuukese staff, Freda Eseun and Saknin Weria, both 23, are facing charges of conspiracy, sex trafficking and foreign transportation for prostitution.

All the defendants except for In Han Cha were earlier charged before the Guam Superior Court with unlawful restraint, compelling prostitution and aggravated assault.

The Cha couple own the Blue House Lounge in Upper Tumon and allegedly started the prostitution business in April 2007.

Their criminal act was discovered when one of their workers complained to the police and reported that her passport was being held by the owner and operator of Blue House, the club where she was working.

Guam Police Department officers responded and uncovered an "operating brothel" with what GPD described as enough corroborating evidence to justify arrest of the owners and the employees on local charges.

GPD Criminal Investigation Section responded to the scene, obtained and executed a search warrant, and collected evidence along with cash found concealed in flower vases and clothing around the club.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) resident agents in charge for Guam subsequently seized the currency and opened a criminal investigation for human trafficking violations.

Modus Operandi

According to information gathered by ICE special agent Erfel Matanguihan, GPD interviewed at least seven girls who range in age from 18 to 22, all recruited from Chuuk, FSM to work on Guam by one Sinisio Tipingeni and his daughter, Sainin Tipingeni.

The father and daughter recruiters work on behalf of the employer, Song Ja Cha, and allegedly made the girls believe that they would be working as waitresses or store clerks in a legitimate restaurant or a retail establishment on Guam.

Passport applications and travel arrangements for the girls were facilitated by the recruiters while Song Ja Cha paid for the airfare and related travel cost.

In Han Cha picked up the majority of the girls at the airport when the girls arrived on Guam. He was accompanied by one or two other club workers when he picked up a new arrival at the airport. The girls were immediately taken to Blue House and introduced to Song Ja Cha.

Captives

Song Ja Cha allegedly confiscates the girls' passports upon arrival and warned the girls that they were indebted to her for the expenses of bringing them to Guam and that the girls must work to pay off their debt. Cha does not disclose the travel costs to the girls.

Song Ja Cha also allegedly threatened the girls that should they run away, she will call the police and have the girls arrested. The bar owner shares a bedroom with her husband In Han Cha within Blue House while the girls sleep in a group and shares a makeshift bed.

The owners ensure that the doors in Blue House are kept locked to prevent the girls from leaving.

Happy for $40

The girls soon discovered that Blue House was actually a bar and were compelled to work as hostesses.

Eventually, the girls were drawn into prostitution, engaging in protected and unprotected sexual intercourse in private rooms with male customers for the price of $40. The girls worked every day from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays and up to 4 a.m. on weekends. On average, the girls claimed to have engaged in sexual intercourse with 3 to 10 men per night.

If the girls refuse to engage in sexual intercourse, the male customers would complain to Song Ja Cha who would allegedly shout and become verbally abusive to the girls pressuring them to have sex with the customers to make them "happy."

Song Ja Cha allegedly withheld meals from the girls who refused to have sex with customers or when customers were not satisfied. On at least one occasion, she allegedly slapped, kicked the legs and pulled the hair of one of the girls after a customer complained that she refused to engage in sexual intercourse.

Song Ja Cha employs Eseun and Weria, both from Chuuk who she considered as her trusted employees and acted as the girls' supervisors. The two employees kept close watch of the girls and monitored their communication with family members and relatives to ensure the girls did not disclose the activities at the club.

Eseun and Weria also allegedly trained the girls on how to make the customers "happy" by engaging in sexual contact and intercourse.

The two also bring the girls to a clinic in Tamuning to receive a shot shortly after their arrival from Chuuk. The girls later learned that the shot they received was a contraceptive.

Earnings

Song Ja Cha allegedly collects the nightly earnings and keeps the money in her bedroom within Blue House.

Some girls complained of not being paid any salary since their arrival. Some who had received salary payments claimed that Song Ja Cha and In Han Cha sent money through Western Union to Tipingeni in Chuuk who would facilitate the transfer of the money to the parents or relatives of the girls.

One of the girls employed at Blue House was said to be mentally challenged and described her duties as a hostess and denied engaging in prostitution. She was allegedly also drawn into prostitution and at times would be slapped around by Song Ja Cha.

Caught in the act

During the initial response by patrol officers, GPD officer Norbert Tan stumbled into one of the girls and a male customer in a private room who were naked. Officer Tan observed the two engaged in sexual touching and learned that the two had just finished sexual intercourse.

GPD seized several evidence that included various bills and coins found at several locations in the club concealed in flower bases and clothing.

Used condoms found underneath a couch in one of the private rooms, several Western Union Money Transfer receipts in various amounts sent by In Han Cha to Tipingeni and others, travel itinerary receipts for at least two girls, ledgers with hand written symbols and corresponding dollar values were also among those confiscated from the bar.

Agent Matanguihan stated that a joint investigation by GPD and ICE is continuing, additional leads are developing daily and more girls are being identified as past employees of Blue House.

This developed as the two Blue House employees entrusted by the owner were arrested and served of with their warrant. Weria was arrested in Harmon while Eusen was arrested in Dededo.

The Cha couple was arrested last Thursday in Harmon.
http://www.mvariety.com/?module=displaystory&story_id=6582&format=html


Two women arrested on suspicion of prostitution

Examiner.com - Jan 15, 2008
OUTH SAN FRANCISCO (Map, News) - In a sting operation Wednesday, South City police arrested two Korean women who were allegedly running a brothel out of an upscale apartment complex in what police are calling a reflection of a pervasive problem in the biotech capital.

South San Francisco police arrested the women after tracking advertisements allegedly posted by them online. Police said an undercover agent posing as a client booked an appointment and was directed to the apartment, located in a recently built complex near El Camino Real in South City.

In the well-furnished two-bedroom apartment, police said they found two women — a U.S. citizen who was living there and a Korean national with visitor status — as well as an Asian man who was not a South City resident.

Police do not believe either of the women were there unwillingly, said South San Francisco police Detective Ken Chetcuti. He said the police are still investigating whether the women ran their own brothel or were part of a larger prostitution ring.
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“A lot of Asian brothels are tied in with each other from the whole Bay Area and the girls constantly rotate houses,” Chetcuti said. “They find people that will lease the apartment for them and then they operate their business.”

Police said the women received a misdemeanor citation, a standard charge for prostitution that can lead up to a year in jail, and were released.

According to police, this is South City’s third brothel bust in a year. Chetcuti says the city sees a majority of prostitution problems on the Peninsula because of its many hotels and motels that are close to the airport and readily visible from the highway.

Chetcuti said South City police make 15 to 20 prostitution arrests in hotels annually, which does not include hundreds of times police kick people out of their rooms


Norwegian Counter-Strike: 1.6 team beat eSTRO from Korea

The events the World Cyber Games Saturday was completely overshadowed by a raving conflict between two of the top teams. As with most disputes there are more than two sides to the story but for now the facts are these.

Meet Your Makers’ Norwegian Counter-Strike: 1.6 team beat eSTRO from Korea by 16 rounds to 9 on de_inferno and de_nuke. While the MYM players were celebrating what seemed like a spot in the quarter finals the Koreans refused to sign the official match papers.

After the second match the Korean team filed an official complaint before they signed the match documents, says head referee Joseph Kim (29).

The match document regulates the rights the players have to complain or contest results. Yesterday Swedish Fnatic wanted to contest the result in their match against eSTRO but as they had signed the documents before launching their complaint it was invalid. The Koreans chose to contest the result and did not sign the papers, perfectly within their rights.

The Koreans suspected that the Norwegians had broken the rules, specificly the rule pertaining to “duck-jump-movement”, said Kim after the smoke had cleared.

After the complaint was made official hours of deliberation and flip-flopping between different decisions followed. Tempers flared as the referees, the two teams and their respective managements debated everything from the definition of the infamous “double-jump” to which frequency it was used in all the matches.

My problem with this mess is that whatever MYM tried to say or ask the answer was always “no” whereas the Koreans got all the time and space in the world to talk to referees. They changed their own decision three times, always favoring eSTRO, says a distraught Mark Peter Fries (34).

Fries is the Chief Operating Officer for Meet Your Makers and he was extremely disappointed with eSTRO’s behavior as well as with the way the WCG referees handled the situation.

I do a lot of business with Koreans and have been to Korea on many occasions. What has always stood out to me about them is their adherence to sportsmanship and fair play. This is neither.

eSTRO didn’t even know what they were unhappy about, they based their complaint on a suspicion rather than an actual incident or occurrence, said Fries.

According to Joseph Kim the Koreans were told to go over the demos of the match to find examples of the abuse they were alleging. The first of several decisions came down in favor of the Norwegians.

eSTRO found two incidents in the demo, however, they had just watched half and at the point where MYM was cleared for further bracket play they had not made us aware of this fact, explains Kim as he cites language problems as the main reason behind the long hours it took the administrators to come to a definitive conclusion.

We found three more examples of the bug abuse in the last part of the demo and the decision was to forfeit one of MYM’s map wins, says Kim.

MYM’s Fries feels the Koreans are treated more favorably than other competitors.

First person charged in Canada with human trafficking found guilty on 5 counts

June 21, 2007, EDT. By JEREMY HAINSWORTH

VANCOUVER (CP) - The first person charged in Canada with human trafficking has been found not guilty of the offence, though he was convicted on five lesser charges.

Michael (Wai Chi) Ng had faced 22 counts of human smuggling, prostitution offences and offences against the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

He was convicted Thursday of one count of keeping a common bawdy house, two counts of helping create false documents for women to travel under and two counts of procuring a person to have illicit sexual intercourse with another.

Ng did not talk to media outside the courthouse. With a paper bag on his head and a hood over it, he ran straight from the front door into a waiting minivan.

His lawyer, Michael Klein, said he could not comment on the written decision as he had not had time to read it in full.

Klein acknowledged the case is a historic one in Canada, but he couldn't say how it might affect future cases such as one underway in Montreal.

Nichan Manoukian and his wife Manoudshag Saryboyadijan, both of Laval north of Montreal, are facing charges of trafficking in persons, receiving material benefit from it and withholding travel or identity documents.

They say they treated the alleged victim like family.

RCMP say the family treated their nanny, an Ethiopian woman they found through an agency in Lebanon, like a prisoner.

Manoukian and Saryboyadijan are both Canadian citizens who lived in Lebanon before returning to Canada with the nanny in 2004. She has worked for them here and in Lebanon for about eight years.

During Ng's trial, provincial court Judge Malcolm MacLean was told Ng brought women to Canada, promising them jobs as waitresses, then putting them to work as prostitutes in his east Vancouver massage parlour.

On the procuring charges, MacLean said the evidence given by the two women was consistent with evidence given by police.

MacLean, however, said on many of the counts the testimony of the women Ng had brought into Canada was either not credible or was contradictory.

One woman, whose identity is protected by court order, told MacLean she had been brought to Canada by Ng to work in what she thought was a seven-storey restaurant.

But MacLean said there was no evidence the woman was forced or coerced into coming to Canada.

Instead of a waitress job, the woman testified she was taken to a Ng's one-storey massage parlour and told she was expected to pay him $11,000 a month by prostituting herself.

MacLean said Ng's and one woman's bank records did not indicate any such transactions had taken place between the two.

Charges of living off the avails on prostitution were dismissed.

Charges of assault with a weapon regarding an incident alleged to have taken place at the massage parlour were also dismissed.

"The police did not notice the injuries which (the witness) testified Mr. Ng inflicted on her," MacLean said.

Two counts were dismissed with the consent of the Crown.

Ng will be sentenced Oct. 5. Had he been convicted on the human trafficking charges, he faced a possible life sentence and fine of up to $1 million.

Klein could not speculate on what sentence his client, a Canadian citizen, now faces.

In June 2005, B.C. earned special mention for being a hub of human trafficking in a U.S. State Department list of countries involved in international human trafficking - a practice the department described as modern-day slavery.

The report said while Canada meets the U.S. government's minimum requirements for preventing and prosecuting human trafficking, it is still a hub for the sex trade, and a popular transit point for smuggling people into the United States.

Of particular concern were the several hundred South Korean women smuggled through B.C. into the United States since 2000.

B.C. has also gained a reputation for being a destination of choice for human smugglers.

The Korean captain and crew were charged with human smuggling after they dropped 131 migrants from China's Fujian province on the rocky shores of the Queen Charlotte Islands off B.C.'s north coast on Aug. 11, 1999.

At their trial, the ship's captain, Chong-Un Kim, told the jury about a dramatic high-seas hijacking. He said Chinese thugs boarded the boat, loaded it with migrants and forced the crew to sail to Canada or be killed.

The 89-day trial was the first criminal court case arising from the wave of about 600 Chinese migrants who arrived aboard four boats on the West Coast in 1999. More than 500 of them sought refugee status to remain in Canada. Most of the claims were denied.

The Korean sailors maintained the principal offenders were the Chinese "enforcers" on the ship.
http://fightforjustice.blogspot.com/2007/06/first-person-charged-in-canada-with.html


Sexual eeling: Hagfish huge hit as aphrodisiac

LOS ANGELES -- By most accounts, hagfish are repulsive bottom feeders that slime their predators, have rows of teeth on their tongues and feed on the innards of rotting fish by penetrating any orifice.

Dress them up on a plate in South Korea, however, the marine maggot becomes an instant aphrodisiac.

An overseas appetite for the so-called slime eel is leading to a rise in West Coast nettings as struggling fisherman cast about for a niche that will replace dwindling stocks of once-plentiful prize fish.

"The average person would be disgusted just by looking at them," said Mark Crossland, a state Fish and Game Department warden. "The product is difficult to deal with and handle -- it's a little eel that once it gets stressed it excretes this slime."

The goopy mess is a small price to pay for fishermen facing stricter regulations at sea for salmon and larger fish. The constant hunt for a new catch has led them a little lower on the seafood chain -- to a fish that's so primitive there is even debate about whether it is really a fish at all.

Resembling a cross between a snake and an eel, the 300 million- year-old hagfish have no jaws and only one nostril. Essentially blind, hagfish dwell in the dark below 1,000 feet.

In the late 1980s, the West Coast hagfish industry went from boom to bust when it was discovered that the Pacific variation was edible but the skin wasn't strong enough to make quality eel skin belts and shoes in South Korea.
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4176/is_20070621/ai_n19327668

Pet Shop Owner Charged With Torturing Animals

Jun 18, 2007
A Lynwood pet store owner has pleaded not guilty to 22 felony counts of animal cruelty, ranging from torture to mutilation.

According to an indictment, Animal House Pet Store owner Young Sam Park(朴) allegedly performed surgery on animals without anesthesia,
suffocated them with rubber gloves and disposed of sick and dying pets in a trash bin. He also allegedly deprived animals in his care of food and water and taped them to tables during surgery.
http://cbs2.com/topstories/local_story_169235901.html


Koreantown is Korean territory!

LAPD announced that 3 caucasians were assaulted by Koreans in Koreantown on June 8.
While 3 caucasians were walking in the Koreantown, 2 Korean men on BMW started insulting at them.
The caucasians ignored and kept walking, then the Koreans got off the car and assaulted them.
The Koreans were saying "Why did you enter Koreantown! This is our territory!"
http://www.yonhapnews.co.kr/bulletin/2007/06/13/0200000000AKR20070613000800075.HTML

Another South Korean mail-order bride racket busted in Vietnam

Thanh Nien Daily, Vietnam - Jul 16, 2007
Police in southern Vietnam caught red-handed Saturday two South Korean men and a woman selecting from a lineup of 67 mail-order brides for them and her ...
http://www.thanhniennews.com/society/?catid=3&newsid=30058

SKorea-born American jailed for having sex with young girl in Cambodia

AP
2007-06-05 12:04:55
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) - An American national of South Korean origin was sentenced to 13 years in prison in Cambodia for having sex with a 14-year-old girl, a judge said Tuesday.

Chan Madina, a judge at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, told The Associated Press she sentenced 46-year-old Myron Maboris on Monday. She convicted
him of debauchery during a trial last Thursday.

Debauchery is a broadly defined Cambodian legal term for sexual offenses against minors that is punishable by 10 to 20 years in jail.

She said she also ordered the man to pay 3 million riel (US$740; ¤550) in compensation to the girl.

A U.S. Embassy spokesman declined to comment on the case, citing privacy laws.

Police arrested Maboris during a raid on his Phnom Penh guest house room in October last year while he was with the ethnic Vietnamese girl, who was naked.

Police also arrested the girl's 49-year-old mother and three men _ a motorbike taxi-driver who transported her and two alleged sex brokers.

The girl's mother was also sentenced to 13 years in jail for involvement in the crime, Chan Madina said, adding the motorbike taxi-driver and two other men each received eight-year jail terms on conspiracy charges.
http://www.pr-inside.com/skorea-born-american-jailed-for-having-r144242.htm

Koreatown Shooting Considered Murder-Suicide

(CBS) LOS ANGELES Police are characterizing as a murder-suicide Tuesday's shootings in a Koreatown restaurant that left two men dead.

LAPD spokesman Jason Lee says Na Sae-kyoon entered Suhrabal Korean B-B-Q restaurant shortly before 5:00 and killed restaurant owner Lim Hyo-Jin with several shots from a semiautomatic handgun.

The 47-year-old Na then reportedly turned the weapon on himself.

Lee says the motive of the shooting is still under investigation, and seems to have stemmed from "some kind of
unknown dispute."

He says Na and the 51-year-old restaurant owner do not appear to be relatives or to have worked together.
http://cbs2.com/topstories/local_story_142205544.html


SAN FRANCISCO 17 massage parlors closed by task force

Friday, May 18, 2007
A special San Francisco task force designed to combat human trafficking has closed 17 massage parlors suspected of forcing immigrant Asian women into sex work.

In the past 18 months, a team of undercover police officers, along with city fire, building and environmental health inspectors, has been conducting surprise inspections of suspected erotic massage parlors.

The 17 Asian massage parlors were closed after incurring at least three health and safety violations within a year. Four others were fined, suspended and allowed to reopen after a temporary closure. Two others closed voluntarily.

But a handful of parlors shut by the city have since reopened illegally, and one has applied for a new permit as an acupuncture clinic with massage.

"Enforcement has not been as effective as we had hoped, but we are making a dent," said Johnson Ojo, San Francisco's principal environmental health inspector.

"It's much harder to open a massage parlor in San Francisco now because we are taking a hard look at an owner's past history, and denying permits if they have been involved in prostitution before."

Enforcement has been difficult, but Mayor Gavin Newsom said the task force is making headway into a problem that until now has gone largely undetected.

"There is momentum and a commitment to resolve this," Newsom said. "We are moving away from looking at this issue as harmless prostitution to a criminal act against human dignity and human rights."

San Francisco is a major hub for the $8 billion global sex trafficking industry, and is home to more than 100 erotic massage parlors listed online and in Asian-language newspapers.

Traffickers abroad charge women tens of thousands of dollars to smuggle them into the city, and then force them to work off their debts in erotic massage parlors, sometimes servicing more than a dozen men a day. Sometimes the women are lied to about the type of work they will be doing in the United States.

Often the women are forced to live in the same parlors where they work, and are watched on surveillance cameras and kept inside by metal security doors.

Newsom convened the massage parlor task force after federal agents investigating a South Korean sex trafficking ring raided 10 San Francisco massage parlors in summer 2005.

After a sex trafficking investigation by The Chronicle, Newsom increased surprise inspections last fall from once to twice a month, and the Board of Supervisors passed a law requiring public hearings of all proposed massage parlors. The city and nonprofit agencies placed human trafficking posters with hot line numbers in bus shelters.

Ojo has issued cease and desist orders to the parlors that have illegally reopened after their permits were revoked, and he is working with the city attorney to get court warrants allowing him to send sheriff's deputies to shut the places.

On Wednesday, the inspection team returned for a second visit to CEO Health Club, on the sixth floor of an office building on Sansome Street.

Inside the club, six women were cited for wearing inappropriate attire -- lingerie and clear plastic heels -- and one of them was cited for working without a massage practitioner's license. The business was also cited for employing an unlicensed masseuse.

One woman, in tears, said she left a dying father in China and that she didn't like working in the massage parlor. She said she wants to teach piano to children.

The new citations at CEO Health Club, and similar violations recorded in August, are enough to revoke the club's permit, Ojo said.

"We have to build up a case against each one, and while it takes a long time and uses a lot of city resources, it is starting to show results," he said.

Foreign student jailed for mall rape

May 16, 2007
A drunk foreign student who dragged a female friend into a male toilet in Brisbane CBD's busy Queen Street Mall and raped her violently, will spend at least a year behind bars.
Eui-Roung Lee, a 26-year-old South Korean studying in Brisbane on a student visa,
was sentenced to three years jail after pleading guilty to rape and assault occasioning bodily harm on the evening of April 22, 2006, in the mall.
The court heard the victim suffered bruising around her neck, abrasions on her back,
bleeding of the vagina and that her bite marks had scarred.
http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/foreign-student-jailed-for-mall-rape/20074916-d2j.html
http://www.smh.com.au/news/National/Foreign-student-jailed-for-mall-rape/2007/05/16/1178995216712.html
http://www.theage.com.au/news/National/Foreign-student-jailed-for-mall-rape/2007/05/16/1178995216712.html
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=267647

Wife: hug caused husband's death

SANTA ANA – It was her husband's hug that killed him, at least, according to his wife.

Jee-Hyun Song, 29, took the stand in her murder trial Wednesday, crying as she told jurors her husband's death was an accident.

The theology student said she was in the kitchen of their Anaheim home the night of Nov. 10, 2005, when, as she grabbed a knife with a 5/12-inch blade from a block to prepare noodles, her husband spun her around and hugged her.

"I didn't see the knife go in (him), I just heard it,'' said Song, her words translated by a Korean interpreter.

Dong-Uk Kim walked into the living room and fell to the ground.

"He didn't say anything … he was dead,'' she said, crying.

After the stabbing, Song said she turned her husband's body over and prayed over him. She then called a friend to come over. That friend called 911.

Song explained to jurors she did not call 911 because she didn't speak English well.

But later, under cross-examination by Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy, Song admitted she could read and write English. She said she filled out several forms – including school paperwork and an application for a California driver's license – in English.

Song is a South Korean national who came to the United States in 2004 to study at Bethesda Christian University in Anaheim. She testified that she met her husband at the school that September, and he was also a student. They got married about four months later in south Korea.
http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/news/local/crimecourts/article_1689509.php

Phuket Immigration nab wanted Korean

PHUKET CITY: Phuket Immigration Police yesterday arrested a Korean hiding in self-exile in Trang’s Kantang District. The man is accused of defrauding a construction company of US$343,000 (11.3 million baht) in his native South Korea.

At Phuket Immigration Office yesterday afternoon, Acting Commissioner of the Immigration Bureau Pol Lt Gen Boonraung Ponpanich explained that Immigration officers had, via Interpol, received a warrant for the arrest of Kim Eou Sug, 43, from the Republic of Korea.

Kim’s permit to stay in Thailand was canceled on February 7. After receiving intelligence that Kim was living in Phuket, Pol Col Ittipon Atchariyapradit, Superintendent of Phuket Immigration Office, launched an investigation to track him down.

Gen Boonraung said that Kim had been living in Kantang for about two years and had made investments in prawn farms in the area. “We coordinated with local police and were able to arrest Kim,” he said.

Kim, a former employee of Nara General Construction Co, is accused of defrauding another construction company of US$343,000. A warrant for his arrest was issued on May 17, 2006 by Suwon District Court in Korea, though the offense is alleged to have taken place in 2004.
http://www.phuketgazette.net/news/index.asp?fromsearch=yes&Id=5685

A potent North Korean liquor

is to be sold in the US. A New York-based Korean-American trader is importing the traditional Korean drink, called soju,
from communist North Korea.

The regime is subject to the Trading with the Enemy Act, and trade requires approval from the US government. (AP)
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article1744362.ece