3 women arrested in spa raid committed to Berks County Prison
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#1 Jun 4, 2010
How many of these horrible places are there in Berks County?
Who is running these massage parlors?
First, some are illegals.
Second, isn't prostitution still against the law?
Good job law enforcement..Berks deserves better than we've been seeing for 20 years...overrun by drugs, gambling, prostitution, gangs, township corruption, untruthful solicitors, questionable supervisors throughout the county
sad and pathetic
#2 Jun 5, 2010
Why is law enforcement blaming the raids on public complaints?
Law enforcement, do your job and neighbors would not have anything to complain about.
Do you want these illegals in Berks?
Where did all of these women live?
Who brought them here?
Is this organized crime entity?
Don't you in law enforcement have eyes and ears of your own or drive down the same streets we do?
Don't township supervisors and solititors know what is really going on in these businesses when they apply for occupancY?
Exactly...who are you all kidding?
#3 Jun 5, 2010
I always miss the good stuff! I wish i find one of these places before they get shut down.
#4 Jun 5, 2010
#5 Jun 5, 2010
Just lookin for that HAPPY ENDING special they always have at those places:)
#6 Jun 5, 2010
their happy ending is gona be had in South Korea...hopefully
#7 Jun 6, 2010
Is this an organized crime affiliated group establishing these houses of prostitution? Can't be several coincidences that they were here in Berks County? South Korean gangs? attracting truckers and other questionable ......creeps.
Remember those marijuana grow houses found throughout Berks a few years ago? Viet gangs?
The illegal drugs (pot, meth, coke, heroin) being sold in Berks...generally from Mexico? Or where?
Guess Berks county Pa Dutch country is sure changing and becoming more multicultural and diverse...never for the better....?
Guess this is what the Chamber of Commerce and Industry call economic development...?
Ain't diversity great?????????Never do know what one will pull from the great diversity hat...
#8 Jun 13, 2010
15 July 2005
Los Angeles Grand Jury Indicts 24 in Human Smuggling Scheme
Suspects charged in complex prostitution conspiracy, money laundering
A federal grand jury in Los Angeles indicted 24 people July 14 for their role in a sophisticated human smuggling operation that is alleged to have brought hundreds of South Korean women to the United States to work as prostitutes.
According to a news release from United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)-- the largest investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security -- the suspects were indicted on conspiracy charges involving importation of aliens to the United States for prostitution, transportation of illegal aliens, and harboring and concealing illegal aliens.
Several of the suspects have also been charged with money laundering and illegal monetary transactions.
The indictments are the result of a lengthy investigation conducted jointly by ICE, the Criminal Investigation Division of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
The subject of the investigation was a criminal network dubbed the Jung Organization, which allegedly smuggled South Korean women into the United States. The women, who paid up to $16,000 each to be brought into the country, were sent to work in brothels, with a portion of their earnings going to repay their smuggling debts. The brothels were concealed behind other businesses.
Eighteen suspects were arrested in an enforcement operation on June 30, according to the news release. A 19th suspect was arrested at a Los Angeles apartment July 12. Five of the 24 defendants remain at large and are sought by federal authorities, the news release says.
ICE took 46 undocumented Korean women into custody during the enforcement operation. They have been designated as material witnesses and will remain in the United States until prosecution of the case is completed.
So far, U.S. authorities have seized more than $1.8 million in the investigation. This case is linked to another investigation in San Francisco in which 29 individuals have been indicted on similar charges.
An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Following is the text of the ICE news release:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
July 14, 2005
24 INDICTED IN KOREAN HUMAN SMUGGLING SCHEME THAT BROUGHT PROSTITUTES INTO THE UNITED STATES
Brothel owners face expanded charges for financial violations, including money laundering
LOS ANGELES - A federal grand jury handed down indictments today charging 24 persons for their role in a sophisticated human smuggling scheme that allegedly brought hundreds of South Korean women into the United States to work as prostitutes.
Named in the two multi-count indictments issued today are 23 individuals originally charged in the investigation and a 24th suspect who was identified following the take down of the case June 30. That individual, Mi Ae Kim, a.k.a. Ae-Kyeong Kim, age 48, allegedly owned and operated a brothel known as the 7th Spa.
During last month's enforcement operation, federal agents arrested 18 of the suspects. A 19th defendant, Hye Sun Sin, a.k.a. "Pink", was taken into custody earlier this week. The 26-year-old was arrested by ICE agents at an apartment on Rossmore Avenue in Los Angeles Tuesday. The indictment alleges Sin operated two Internet sites, including one known as asianbedgirl.com , that offered call girl services using undocumented Korean women as prostitutes. Five of the 24 defendants remain at large and are being sought by federal authorities.
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#9 Jun 13, 2010
8,000 Korean prostitutes in U.S. since 2004: report
by Robert Koehler on June 21, 2006
in ROK-US Issues
So, just how many Korean prostitutes are plying their trade in the United States?
Well, according to one Korean government official cited by the JoongAng Ilbo, the Los Angeles Police Department suspects some 8,000 Korean women have entered the United States to practice the World’s Oldest Profession since 2004. In particular, since Korea’s Special Law on the Eradication of Prostitution went into effect in September 2004, the number of working girls fleeing to the United States via Canada and Mexico has been climbing.
In Waterbury, Connecticut, 33 Korean women were arrested in early June for allegedly providing sexual services at area massage parlors. A Waterbury police official said Korean massage parlors have been spreading at a fast rate.
According to the JoongAng Ilbo, Korean prostitution is becoming a social problem in the United States, and this in turn has led to increased anti-Korean feeling in the country. On June 30 of 2005, a 400-man joint FBI-Department of Homeland Security-police task force arrested 192 Koreans, including 150 women accused of prostitution, in Los Angeles and San Francisco. When local broadcasters, including NBC, reported on the arrests, on screen was the Korean flag (!). This year, there were a string of arrests of suspected prostitutes in Korean neighborhoods in New York and Virginia. An LAPD official said some 70-80 prostitutes were arrested every month, and 90 percent of them were Korean.
U.S. law enforcement agencies have been on alert recently as the problem seems to be spreading from predominantly Korean areas to non-Korean areas in Middle America. A Korean government official said with some prostitutes getting busted after setting up shop in their apartments, anti-Korean sentiment among Americans has been spreading, with incidents of apartment owners refusing to lease to Korean women taking place.
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson told the JoongAng Ilbo that this kind of prostitution, involving as it does violations of immigration law, money laundering and human rights abuse, was dangerous to the livelihood of American crack whores American values.
The JoongAng Ilbo also expressed concern that the issue could influence negotiations to extend the U.S. visa waiver program to Korea. A March 2005 U.S. State Department human rights report pointed out that Korean women were being trafficked through Canada and Mexico to work in the U.S. sex industry.
Realizing the seriousness of the problem, the government has moved to formulate measures. In April, the Foreign Ministry, Justice Ministry, prosecutors and police formed a deliberation body to block overseas prostitution, and international law enforcement cooperation is being strengthened. After the 2005 San Francisco arrests, Korea, the United States and Canada formed a deliberative body to discuss the restricting the issuing of passports to those suspected of prostitution and investigation cooperation. Yet as U.S. Consul General to Seoul Michael Kirby pointed out, for a country to joint the U.S. waiver program, what the U.S. public thinks is important, and the recent mass arrests could have a psychological influence. A Korean Foreign Ministry official said for Korea to join the program, it needed to be screened by the Department of Homeland Security and then OK’d by Congress, but if U.S. lawmakers were to come to view Korea in a negative light due to the prostitution issue, there could be problems.
#10 Jun 13, 2010
If the police have nothing better to do than to raid massage parlors, then we don't need police.
How about getting out on the street in the combat zones in Reading?
Earn your pay.
#11 Jun 13, 2010
They definitely are earning their pay in Reading and all over
And allowing illegals into Berks with organized crime ties to prostitution is another thing we don't want or need in the county.
shortly you would have drug use, blackmail and extortion in the whore houses....our men deserve better..so do their wives and families..remember the house on Lancaster Ave few years ago?
videotaping men with coke and pros and blackmailing them?
#12 Jun 13, 2010
Reading Police more than earn their paychecks...sometimes with a bullet...
Sounds like you want the parlors/illegals in Berks...
What do you do to lessen the combat zone problems?
#13 Jun 14, 2010
This is part of the polices' job. It does seem like a waste of time when more serious crime is going on, but it is crime. Thank you to the Reading police and all the police in Berks county.
#14 Jun 14, 2010
All illegals should be deported.
But this raid wasn't about illegal aliens. If illegals are the target, just walk up and down the streets in Reading.
The point is that massage parlors are essentially harmless and limited police resources are better deployed elsewhere.
I contribute to controlling crime in high crime areas by paying taxes and expect that money to be spent wisely to control serious crime, not on trivial problems.
#15 Jun 14, 2010
could be targeting organized crime rings...
oc is never harmless..they participate in secret videotaping..involving cocaine and other drug use...blackmailing customers...extortion...
#16 Jun 15, 2010
that's BS...nobody ever gets arrested in these stings except middle-aged Korean women
the cops are just looking for an easy bust with no risk...
meanwhile, people are gunned down on the streets in Reading every day and night...
cops should drop this BS and go after real criminals...and forget the speed traps while they're at it
#17 Jun 15, 2010
Many do not want massage parlor houses in their communities...or illegals from anywhere.
Seems to me LE is working on the city after all of the arrests we read about.
#18 Jun 15, 2010
What about the routine murders in the streets?
I don't want illegal aliens either, but the massage parlors are a minor problem, at worst.
Use of the term "LE" tips your hand as a cop or family thereof.
Nobody else speaks like that, copspeak...
#19 Jun 15, 2010
I learned that term on all of the other threads...everybody uses it these days...like bff...lmfao...some I still don't understand and am too embarrassed to ask
Massage parlors are a definite problem if they are in your backyard....evidently you don't have one...
And I don't like cops following me either or pulling me over and I hate DUI checkpoints but guess what...that's the price we have to pay for living in these dangerous times
We oversee an elderly relative and are generally in a hurry to get to him to check on him and I hate being stopped in a checkpoint but I know they must be finding something or they would not do them, right?
I don't like drunken drivers either.. very dangerous on the streets.
While I feel slowed down and interrupted by them...I would rather have a cop by my side than many others...
I also think the recent raid and arrests sound like a good start in Reading...sounds like they were real gems.
The people of reading deserve a lot better...it is scary.
just my opinion
#20 Jun 15, 2010
All of that stuff is minor BS compared to open murder in the streets.
And a lot of the traffic stops are purely for revenue raising.
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