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Masseuse charged with prostitution after undercover sting

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-01-09/news/chi-libertyville-masseuse-charged-with-prostitution-20130109_1_masseuse-prostitution-spa-employee
January 09, 2013|By Michael Holtz | Tribune reporter
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Chicago woman Tuesday after a month-long prostitution sting, charging her in connection with alleged “happy ending” massages at a Libertyville spa.

An anonymous tip reportedly led to an investigation conducted jointly by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Libertyville Police Department, according to a police statement. As part of the sting, three detectives got hour-long massages at the spa at Dragon Spa, 402 Peterson Road, before masseuse Hong Yang, 41, allegedly offered to perform a sex act on a detective for an additional charge.

2 Women Arrested in Timonium Massage Parlor Raids

http://timonium.patch.com/articles/2-women-arrested-in-timonium-massage-parlor-raids
Baltimore County police executed search warrants against two local spas on Aug. 22.
By Nick DiMarco
August 29, 2012

Baltimore County police arrested two women Thursday for allegedly running massage parlors in Timonium without licenses. One proprietor also was charged with prostitution.

Police executed a search warrant on two Timonium spas on Aug. 22, according to police spokeswoman Cpl. Cathy Batton. County police were joined in the raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, she added.

Yan Gao, of Flushing, NY, was charged with two counts of prostitution and one count of practicing massage therapy without a license, online court records show. Gao, 41, was arrested for alleged illegal activity at York Spa, in the 2000 block of York Road in Timonium.

Wen Qun Chen, also of Flushing, NY, was charged with practicing massage therapy without a license at Victoria Spa, in the 1500 block of York Road.

Police are not aware of any connection between the two women, despite previous addresses that are less than a mile apart.

Both women posted bail set at $3,500 and were released.

Trial dates for the two women have been scheduled for Dec. 3, at 8:30 a.m. in Towson.



Is Shanghai the sex capital of the world?




Brothel leaders sentenced

3 Chinese face prison, deportation

COLIN McDONALD
P-I REPORTER

The three leaders of a ring of Seattle-area brothels and escort services were sentenced in U.S. District Court on Friday to two and three years in prison.

Kesheng Zhu, 38, Rujing Jiang, 36, and Yong Jun Kang, 36, who are all Chinese citizens and in the U.S. illegally, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport individuals for prostitution and conspiracy to launder money.

According to court documents, Zhu and his wife, Rujing, started in the prostitution business in 2003 with the opening of the Apple Spa massage parlor in Bellevue as the front for a brothel. The business was sold to Kang in early 2004 for $10,000, then raided that April by the Eastside Narcotics Task Force. Officers found hundreds of used condoms in the massage parlor's garbage.

One of the prostitutes who worked at the spa told investigators that a man, believed to be Kang or Zhu, would arrive at the business at the end of the day, pick up the money and receptionist, then lock the prostitutes inside the building.

Zhu, Jiang and Kang weren't charged with a crime then, but Zhu was deported to China. Jiang remained in the U.S. because she was pregnant with their child. Kang did not show up for his deportation hearing, court documents show.

Zhu then paid to be smuggled back into the U.S., where, with the help of Kang, he set up an escort service by placing ads in The Stranger and Seattle Weekly. Investigators later discovered that Kang had fled to Portland, where he set up a brothel. By May of 2005 Kang was back in Seattle operating another brothel in a private home in Seattle, according to prosecutors.

Both Zhu and Kang used a national network of prostitutes and brothels. That meant women would rotate every eight to 14 days among the brothels. Most of the women were in the United States on expired visas and came from across Asia.

In taped phone conversations used by prosecutors, Kang and Zhu talked with customers as if the brothels were restaurants and the women were food dishes using "kimchee" to refer to a Korean prostitute and "pho dish" for a Vietnamese woman.

During their 21-month investigation, investigators followed Zhu and Kang as they picked up and dropped off women at Sea-Tac Airport and at local hotels, documented Jiang's work as a secretary and manager of a brothel, put tracking devices on vehicles and paid a former customer of Kang's more than $30,000 for informationIn August the investigators arrested Zhu, Kang and Jiang along with six others tied to prostitution in the Seattle area.



Judge John Coughenour sentenced Zhu to 36 months in prison and Kang and Jiang to 24 months each. Because they are all in the county illegally, deportation proceedings to China will begin after they have served their sentences.
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/305006_brothel24.html




BROTHEL CREEP

Crook admits he ran sex-for-sale massage parlour
By John Ferguson
A MASSAGE parlour owner yesterday admitted running it as a brothel and living off immoral earnings.
Businessman Dominic Woo, 53, now faces jail and losing his assets, including the 275,000 building
he used as a sex-for-sale sauna.

Woo, who has been linked to Chinese Triad gangs and people-smuggling, was trapped when police put
the Venus Sauna under surveillance.
When they traced men using the premises in the Park area of Glasgow, some confessed they had paid
for sex there.

Former sheriff Hugh Neilson was among those interviewed and admitted paying a hooker for full sex.
Neilson, who now works as a solicitor in Glasgow, was caught in a raid on another sauna in 2004.

Glasgow Sheriff Court was told yesterday that vice girls would take customers into a bedroom at
the Venus and charge between 40 and 60 for sexual services.

Men would pay between 10 and 15 for entry to the club at the reception and then pay prostitutes for sex.
It was claimed girls would have to hand back 15 of the money they took from men to reception and Woo would turn up at the end of each night to collect the takings.
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=17786972&method=full&siteid=66633&headline=brothel-creep--name_page.html



Five Chinese women held in custody in American Samoa on prostitution charges

Posted at 22:21 on 04 September, 2006 UTC
A Chinese couple in American Samoa is being accused of running a prostitution establishment at
a karaoke bar in Pago Pago.
The couple face multiple charges, including promoting prostitution and kidnapping.

The FBI, along with local police, is investigating the case.
Our correspondent, Monica Miller, says police took action after two Chinese women fled from
the bar and alleged they had been forced into prostitution.
http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=26566



Chinese women deported for prostitution

(AP)
2006-08-03
Afghanistan deported seven Chinese women Wednesday for prostitution and serving alcohol
in a renewed crackdown on vice in this Islamic country.

The women worked in four restaurants that had no tables or kitchens, just beds and areas for
serving alcohol, said Interior Ministry official Abdul Jabar Sabet, after allowing reporters watch
the women collect their baggage at the airport.

The Afghan government has intensified its campaign against moral corruption over the past month,
torching hundreds of bottles of alcohol in front of journalists and announcing plans to re-establish
a Vice and Virtues Ministry, which was disbanded after the fall of the Taliban in late 2001.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2006-08/03/content_655906.htm


Five Chinese women to be deported from Jayapura

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - The Jayapura Immigration Office will deport five Chinese women on
Sunday (Sept 3) to their country, through Jakarta`s Cengkareng Airport.

The five women would be deported next Sunday, while the other five Chinese men would follow later,
Head of the Jayapura Immigration Office Giri Hariyanto said here on Thursday.

The ten Chinese aged between 18 and 48 were detained separately on Friday (Aug 25) and Saturday (Aug 26)
for violating Indonesia`s immigration law no. 9/1999, articles 40 and 45.

The Jayapura immigration and police joint team initially nabbed a Chinese young woman identified only as ZR (19),
for prostitution at a local hotel in the capital of Indonesia`s eastern most province of Papua, last Friday. ZR was
having a client when she was detained.
http://www.antara.co.id/en/seenws/?id=19250


Prostitution charged in Greenwood

As part of an investigation of a suspected organized-crime ring, Greenwood police this week arrested a woman at a massage parlor on a felony prostitution charge.

Xiaomei Tao, 54, Greenwood, was arrested Thursday night at Spa Envy, 1600 block of North Ind. 135. She was booked into the Johnson County Jail and remained in custody Friday under $3,000 bail.

In addition, Fishers police in April 2005 arrested a 48-year-old woman on a prostitution charge at Hong Kong Therapeutic Massage, operating from a home.
Plus, Shelbyville police that same month arrested two Korean women on prostitution charges; Indianapolis police assisted in that investigation.
http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060602/NEWS01/60602022/1006


Possible sex ring investigated

February 14, 2006 Indianapolis Star
The arrest of two Indianapolis women at a rural Greenwood business add to
a growing list of prostitution crimes linked to massage parlors with Asian employees.

Johnson County sheriff’s investigators suspected prostitution activities for several weeks at the Chinese Physical Therapy,
5300 block of Mount Pleasant North Drive, in White River Township.

On Monday, detectives raided the business and arrested the women on prostitution charges.
The shop was near the intersection of Bluff Road, just south of the Marion County line.

Yingai Sun, 44, and Rongrong Chen, 37, both of Indianapolis, were arrested shortly before noon.
Both women were released from the Johnson County Jail after posting $1,500 bail.
The salon was operating much like a business raided in October by Carmel police with one woman arrested.

Investigators said the arrest could be part of a larger Chinese prostitution ring in the Indianapolis area.
Fishers police arrested a 48-year-old woman on a prostitution charge in April at the Hong Kong Therapeutic Massage, operating from a home.
Shelbyville police arrested two Korean women on prostitution charges in April, too. Indianapolis police also assisted in that probe.
“More massage parlors are showing up with Asian employees in the Indianapolis metropolitan area,” said IPD Lt. Deana McGivern, commander of the Core Vice Unit.
“If human trafficking is involved, there are many layers to these investigations, from marriages to American men to sex slaves.”
http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060214/NEWS01/60214035/1006


One thing I've noticed in China is the incredible pimp network that has been established.
I'm not talking about the barbershops that happen to be on every corner, or the fact that
most hotels offer this special 'service' to their guests. It goes well beyond that. It maynot
be overtly visible to the casualy observer but after sometime I think we all realize that it is there.
http://spaces.msn.com/members/Avoidingtherace/Blog/cns!1pbpedRbudMxtOK763TW3tRQ!315.entry


Thousands of N.Korean sex slaves in China: US official

Thousands of North Korean refugees are working as sex slaves in China under threat of being returned should Chinese authorities catch them, the U.S. ambassador for fighting international slavery said on Friday.
http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2005-12-09T074028Z_01_KRA927604_RTRUKOC_0_US-CHINA-SLAVERY.xml&archived=False

Seven China women detained for offering massage, sexual services

KUWAIT CITY: Police have arrested seven Chinese women for offering massage services and indulging in sexual activities, reports Al-Anba daily. The daily quoting a reliable security source said one of the women was arrested when she offered the ‘service’ to one of the Kuwaiti youths while the latter was driving along a road in a suburb of Dasman. The woman and six others, who played the same game, in the area were arrested after the youth complained to police, in addition to a Chinese man who is believed to be a pimp. The suspects, who came to the country on commercial visit visas and were staying in two rooms at a three-star hotel in Kuwait, have been referred to the General Department of Criminal Investigations. It is believed their visas were due to expire in a few days.
http://www.arabtimesonline.com/arabtimes/kuwait/Viewdet.asp?ID=5629&cat=a


Chinese nationals arrested for smuggling, prostitution

U.S. state and federal agents yesterday arrested five Chinese nationals in the South Bay for their alleged involvement in running an elaborate smuggling and prostitution ring,
according to reports by the San Francisco Chronicle.
The investigators stated that the five suspects operated from 10 massage parlors located in the cities of San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale and San Mateo. The prostitutes, including Taiwanese, Chinese, and Korean nationals,
were rotated every ten days to avoid detection, said the police.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/i_latestdetail.asp?id=32048

SOUTH BAY San Francisco Chronicle
5 Chinese citizens charged with running prostitution ring
Police move women to safe houses to see if they were coerced
The alleged half-million-dollar enterprise shuffled Taiwanese, mainland Chinese and Korean women among 10 massage parlors
that men visited for sex in San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale and San Mateo, according to federal and state investigators who spent a year working undercover on the "Operation Bad Neighbor" case.
The South Bay bust comes just four months after federal and local law enforcement officers in Los Angeles and San Francisco arrested
45 people accused of running a sex smuggling ring that supplied hundreds of South Korean women to massage parlors throughout the state
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/10/28/BAGOFFFD7A1.DTL


China's Sexual Revolution

2005.10.26
HONG KONG - Sex in China has long been a taboo subject, associated under communism with the worst traits of decadent bourgeois society.

But rapid social change and a growing gap between rich and poor are blurring old boundaries in a sexual revolution that has as much to do with a fast-changing economy as with affairs of the heart.

While the trafficking and exploitation of disempowered rural women has been widely reported, lesser known phenomena include a massive increase in part-time prostitution among the country’s elite, and a U.S.$12 billion market for consumer sex products.

One caller to RFA’s Listener Hotline program highlighted the issue recently in his comments on a sudden upsurge in prostitution in his hometown.

Need for education
“Increased sexual activity brings economic, social and, especially, health concerns,” the study, published in the June issue of International Family Planning Perspectives said.

“More and more Chinese youth are grappling with issues related to contraception and pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and HIV, and sexual coercion,” it said.

Those who engaged in a controlled sex education program were more likely to use condoms and were less likely to coerce their partners sexually, it said.

But the authorities seem more concerned with limiting public access to sex education than with promoting it, commentators said.

Last December, the government banned a ground-breaking TV talk show that aimed to discuss sexuality through expert interviews, viewer call-ins, and the use of erotic imagery from movies.

“The Chinese authorities...on the one hand still have the sort of mindset...in which they expect to control what happens culturally, to control the way people think,” U.S.-based author Meng Lang told RFA’s Mandarin service in an interview at the time.

Call to legalize prostitution
While 54.2 percent of the female interviewees said sexual life played a significant role in marriage, a quarter of women admitted they were discontented about the quality of sexual intercourse with their husbands, the agency reported.

The survey, jointly launched by Chinese Medical Association and Chinese Sex Science Society, was cited at a sexual medicine forum in the southwestern province of Sichuan.

It found that 12.4 percent of Chinese women had seldom or never experienced sexual pleasure, while only 3.4 percent of men said the same. Around 10 percent of men said they were dissatisfied with their married sex lives.

U.S.-based sociologist and economics professor He Qinglian said the government should accept the current high demand in society for paid sexual services and legalize prostitution.

“I know the Chinese Communist Party doesn’t even want to think about this, but really it’s much better to legalize it and have it under official control,” He said in response to the caller to RFA’s Listener Hotline.

“Because there are already more than two million sex workers in China as it is. And that’s not including those people who sell sex on a casual basis: I’m talking about the full-time professionals. So this is an enormous problem.”
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/social/2005/10/26/china_sex/


China tackles Aids discrimination

By Daniel Griffiths
BBC News, Beijing
A senior Chinese official has said discrimination against people with the HIV-Aids virus
in China is rife.

Yet the country's official estimate of around 800,000 HIV-Aids cases is considered far
too low by many experts and there are fears about a dramatic surge in the virus among
the country's transient rural workforce, which numbers more than 100m people.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4087920.stm


Not Just Another Pretty Face

Newsweek (10.13.03)
Sarah Schafer

n China, prostitution has become so widespread that even members of the educated elite are getting into the oldest profession. Today, more than 10 million prostitutes work in China. Many do not always use condoms and are ignorant of how HIV/AIDS is transmitted.
China's Communist Party all but wiped out the sex trade in the 1950s, but the business was resurrected in the 1980s with capitalist-style reforms. No longer confined to uneducated factory workers, the sex trade is now plied by college students and recent graduates, lured by the promise of quick profits to pay for college tuition or to meet the high cost of living in the material culture of big cities.

Prostitution embarrasses the party, so officially the central government ignores it. However, as AIDS, gonorrhea and other STDs rage across the sex worker population and threaten the health of the country, such willful blindness is harder to maintain.

Some argue that China should legalize prostitution. "A woman has a right to do whatever she wants with her body, to make money with her body," said Li Yinhe, a sex researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. More important, regulating the sex trade could help halt the spread of HIV/AIDS, which Beijing figures show affects at least 1 million people. Activists say the number is much higher.

"The government is at a crossroads," says Liu Dalin, a professor at Shanghai University. "If it legalizes prostitution it will ruin its socialist reputation, but if it doesn't, AIDS and other sexual diseases will destabilize society."
http://www.aegis.com/news/ads/2003/AD032119.html
http://210.160.208.40//search/20031015/nw_chi.html 日本語訳


China: Prostitutes drift to Marshall Island

SEX TRADE: Some Chinese women travel circuitous routes via Fiji and Kiribati to practice the world's oldest profession on fishing vessels that visit the Pacific islands
By Melody Chen
STAFF REPORTER , IN MAJURO, MARSHALL ISLANDS
Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004
Chinese prostitutes who began coming to the Marshall Islands about five years ago ply their trade primarily on fishing vessels anchored in the country's lagoons, according to the Marshall Islands Visitors Authority. The women's primary customers are foreign seamen, said Kirtley Pinho, chairman of the semi-official visitors authority.
Prostitution, he said, is not part of the culture of the mostly Roman Catholic and Presbyterian people of the Marshall Islands.

"Local men don't go to these Chinese women," Pinho said, "because they don't want to run into problems with their wives."
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2004/01/13/2003087421


NBI nabs 19 Chinese prostitutes


By Jonathan Vicente , Reporter

AGENTS of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) rounded up 19 suspected Chinese prostitutes in a raid on an alleged sex den Friday afternoon in Binondo, Manila.

NBI officials said the women were detained at the NBI headquarters after they were found working as prostitutes in elite entertainment spots in Metro Manila.

In an undercover operation, an NBI agent who posed as a customer was able to go out with one of the Chinese women who worked as a female escort.

Reports said the women, aged 19 to 25, reportedly charged their wealthy customers P5,000 to P20,000 for every night of going out with them.

Members of the NBI Violence Against Women and Children Division (VAWCD) conducted follow-up operations to arrest a Filipino pimp who was the contact of the women’s customers, but the suspect got away.

VAWCD officials said the women have no travel documents and legal permit to work in the country.

NBI investigators said the suspects might have been slipped into the country using spurious documents and in cahoots with corrupt government officials.

NBI officials said they are conducting intelligence operation to determine if the suspects are connected with an international female-escort service that provide young and pretty women to high-class customers.

Officials said the NBI is recommending the filing of prostitution cases against the arrested women
http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2004/sept/12/yehey/metro/20040912met2.html