Monday, April 16, 2007

San Francisco: Sex Slave Figure Sentenced

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - A San Bruno man who admitted to hiring undocumented immigrant women to work as prostitutes in his South of Market massage parlor was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to a year in prison for money laundering.

Anthony Gar Lau, 46, operated Golden Flower Steam and Sauna Spa, one of 11 Asian massage parlors raided in July 2005 by federal agents who were investigating a Korean sex-trafficking ring.

Lau is among 29 people indicted by a federal grand jury in 2005 in connection with the raid. Investigators said the sex-trafficking ring allegedly brought young women from Korea and forced them to work as sex slaves in Asian massage parlors and unmarked apartments in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

During the "Operation Gilded Cage" raid, 104 Korean women were removed from 11 San Francisco massage parlors.

None of the 29 has gone to trial. Lau is the first among them to receive prison time.

Lau was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer to forfeit $1 million in income from Golden Flower Steam and Sauna Spa and to spend two years on supervised release after his prison term...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT SFGate.com

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