Thursday, May 3, 2007

US: Brothel Bust Uncovers Huge Sex Slavery Ring

Sun Im An arrived in the United States in the mid-1980s from her native South Korea, uneducated, alone, with only a light grasp of English.

Several years later, she turned to prostitution to support herself and her young son, said her lawyer, Francisco Celedonio of New York City.

But it was her foray into the sex trade that eventually led to her arrest, Celedonio said.

In August 2006, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said they uncovered a network of brothels, masquerading as massage businesses, that stretched from Rhode Island to Washington, D.C., and included York County (PA), where women were kept as sex slaves.

ICE agents arrested nearly 40 brothel owners, operators, transporters and money handlers during the sweep.

An was among those arrested - criminal complaints filed by two U.S. Attorneys' offices in New York stated she was the owner and operator of Good Natural Spa, which was in the 4700 block of West Market Street in West Manchester Township.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT The York Daily Record

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