Three people who ran a network of brothels offering sexual services from Asian women to politicians, soldiers and other US elites were detained on Wednesday in Boston and California. Customers were forced to provide personal information.
According to a press release from the Ministry of Justice, the detainees are James, Han and Junmyung Lee, who are accused of running a network of hidden brothels in the Boston area and the suburbs of Washington, Virginia. They were to employ mainly Asian women and offer their services to high-class clients in luxury apartments.
Politicians, army officers and professors among the clients
According to the prosecutor’s office, the clients included: politicians, heads of technology and pharmaceutical companies, doctors, military officers, people with security clearances, professors, lawyers and scientists. Hundreds of other customers have still not been identified. To use the services – advertised under the guise of photo sessions with photo models and priced at $350-600 per hour – customers had to fill out a form verifying their identity, along with providing their credit card number and place of employment.
Customers were supposed to pay in cash, and business owners tried to hide their income by purchasing postal money orders in amounts that did not require reporting to the office.
“The investigation into sex buyers is active and ongoing,” the Massachusetts federal prosecutor’s office said.
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