What is it with Koreans and prostitution in the US?
The 18 operators of a high-end escort service allegedly banking on Super Bowl week to deliver “party packs” of cocaine and prostitutes have been charged with drug and sex trafficking, New York authorities said Thursday.
The nearly year-long undercover investigation discovered that in addition to selling the “party packs,” the ring allegedly laundered the illegal proceeds through front businesses that included a clothing wholesaler, a wig wholesaler, a limousine service and a beauty supply wholesaler, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement.
The ring targeted wealthy customers in New York for large events, authorities said. Last week, a text message was blasted to frequent customers noting that “new sexy & beautiful girls R in town waiting for u.” The enterprise also ran numerous advertisements on the Internet and on public access television.
Last year alone, the ring made $3 million dollars in credit card sales, authorities said.
Schneiderman said the ring involved thousands of clients and hundreds of prostitutes, primarily women from Korea brought by ring members to the United States. [CNN via a reader tip]
If you read the rest at the link, they are claiming the women involved in the prostitution ring are victims claiming they were “seized” from Korea and forced to come to the US. I would love to see evidence that these women were kidnapped from Korea and forced to come to the US. According to the NY Daily News most of the prostitutes are older women:
Now some of the women in police custody are claiming they were forced into prostitution and are cooperating, sources said.
“They brought in new girls every three months,” Schnidermann said.
The prostitutes identified in court papers were no spring chickens. They ranged in age from 26 to 56 and four of them were in their 40s. [NY Daily News]
If you are going to kidnap and bring someone to the US why would you kidnap 아줌마 and 할머니? I would not be surprised if these women are long time sex workers in Korea that came over to the US as they got older to make more money. What is likely going on is that the police told these women to cooperate against the ring leaders and they would not be prosecuted, thus the claims they were victims. Also I am willing to bet that the authorities could have arrested this group long ago, but waited for this week just to make national headlines with the Super Bowl coming town. Anyone disagree?