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c71
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"Prostitute ring that serviced government officials, military, etc. .."


  

          

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/feds-bust-high-end-bothel-1234873115/

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Why Did The Feds Bust This High-End Brothel Ring?


The Justice Department alleges that elected officials and government contractors were among the clientele of an interstate prostitution network

BY MILES KLEE

NOVEMBER 8, 2023


THE DEPARTMENT OF Justice on Wednesday announced the arrest of three individuals it alleges ran a prostitution ring catering to a range of distinguished clients, including elected officials, military officers, and government contractors with security clearances.

The trio, charged with “conspiracy to coerce and entice to travel to engage in illegal sexual activity,” are Han Lee, 41, and Junmyung Lee, 30, who both reside in the suburbs of Boston; and James Lee, 68, of Torrance, California. An affidavit from a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security describes a sophisticated organization in which the three allegedly maintained brothels in high-end apartments in greater Boston and eastern Virginia since at least July 2020, enticing primarily Asian women to perform commercial sex acts in these rental units.

The defendants are alleged to have operated this interstate network through front websites that required potential clients to fill out surveys that asked for “their names, email address, phone number, employer, and reference if they have one,” the affidavit states. They also allegedly had to supply driver’s license photos and credit card information, with some paying monthly fees for access to the service.


But the fact that the Justice Department devoted significant resources to a multiyear investigation that isn’t focused on involuntary sex work, says Mitchell Epner, a former federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of New Jersey, suggests there is another dimension to the case. “There’s something going on here that’s more than sex,” he tells Rolling Stone. “It’s very clear from the locations — Fairfax (and) Tysons Corner in Virginia are very close not only to (Washington) D.C. but to the Pentagon.” Epner says he “would not at all be surprised” if the alleged brother operators were “servicing people who were very prominent in either business or government and then turning around and extorting them.”

The affidavit notes that through surveillance, interviews, and other methods, federal agents were able to identify multiple customers of the alleged brothels, spanning “a wide array of different professional disciplines,” including not just politicians and military or government personnel but tech and pharmaceutical executives, professors, lawyers, doctors, and scientists. According to the DHS agent who authored the affidavit, there are “potentially hundreds” of customers yet to be identified, and “our investigation into their involvement in prostitution is active and ongoing.” Joshua Levy, acting U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, also emphasized in a Wednesday press conference in Boston that the investigation was far from over.

It’s unclear as yet what the professional or political connections of the alleged customers of the prostitution ring could mean for the case going forward, or whether the Justice Department could have taken an interest due to matters of national security or corruption. Epner, though, thinks these could be reasons the Feds moved to prosecute. The arrests, he says, might even be part of a plan “to get people who are just ordinary rich guys to come forward and agree to cooperate in order to help them make their case against the people who are the high-priority targets,” such as “people who have either been compromised and done things that they shouldn’t have done, giving away trade secrets, giving away who knows what, but in some way breaching a duty to keep things secret.” It could be governmental or business-related, he says.


Epner recalls that the last time he saw “this sort of very detailed prosecution, federally, of what appears to be an adult, consensual prostitution ring,” it was centered on Paul Bergrin, a former federal prosecutor who infamously became a defense attorney and then a New Jersey crime lord who took over a brothel. Eventually, he was “convicted of conspiracy to commit first degree murder in helping his clients murder a witness in a federal narcotics investigation,” Epner explains.

While this new bust may not be leading toward revelations of similar criminality, Epner says it’s a precedent that hints at the scope of what the Justice Department may currently be unraveling in Massachusetts and Virginia. In any case, Levy was certain to list the careers of the brothels’ alleged customers during Wednesday’s press conference, hinting that this affluent group would have a part to play as the federal probe continues. “They are the men who fuel this commercial sex ring,” he said.

  

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Not surprised
Nov 11th 2023
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what a waste of resources...
Nov 11th 2023
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The people running it are Asians - there's been several Asian spy...
Nov 11th 2023
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Honey pot operations are common for a reason.
Nov 15th 2023
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probably the girls who are working off debts
Nov 12th 2023
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      you clearly know nothing about the sex industry
Nov 14th 2023
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           I'm positive you have more experience than I do with sex work
Nov 14th 2023
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To make it seem like they are doing something. Meanwhile, not one...
Nov 11th 2023
4
I don't think the DOJ just does prostitution rings.
Nov 14th 2023
6

DaKidFromHaiti
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1. "Not surprised "
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this is a popular area for escorts and I’ve always assumed that a bulk of the money they make comes from people who make money working for the government.

  

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Damali
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2. "what a waste of resources..."
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to take down "an adult, consensual prostitution ring" seriously?

who is being harmed here?

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c71
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3. "The people running it are Asians - there's been several Asian spy..."
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...situations (even the Chinese lady who got into Mara-lago)


...uh....


...I'm pretty sure the Justice Department feels China can get an Asian brothel to do China's bidding with the customers.

  

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9. "Honey pot operations are common for a reason."
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5. "probably the girls who are working off debts"
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Sun Nov-12-23 08:15 AM by legsdiamond

          

Do you really think this is Amsterdam and these women are in control of their bodies?

They may say its happy sex workers but yeah.. I seriously doubt it.

Just fucking in nicer apartments

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Damali
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7. "you clearly know nothing about the sex industry"
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bro you don't have to have unwashed and unseasoned and ashy opinion on EVERTHING sheesh.

just sit some shit out sometimes.

d

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legsdiamond
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8. "I'm positive you have more experience than I do with sex work"
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but I'm all for exposing sex work that services our nations POS politicians

FOH


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4. "To make it seem like they are doing something. Meanwhile, not one..."
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Sat Nov-11-23 05:16 PM by flipnile

          

...person that was flying around with Epstein & Maxwell has been charged and/or arrested. You *know* they ain't gonna even investigate that shit. They ain't gonna lock-up the people running shit behind the scenes.



Easier to grab the low-hanging fruit.

>Why Did The Feds Bust This High-End Brothel Ring?

  

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6. "I don't think the DOJ just does prostitution rings. "
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The would be a huge waste of resources. Sounds like this is more like a spy ring angle. we will see.


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