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CASE NAME:United States v. Chang Da Liu
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Chang Da Liu, Ming Yan Zheng aka. Li-Na
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DOCKET NUMBER:CR-05-00027-ARM D.C.; CR-05-00027-ARM; 06-10758; 06-10760
SOURCE:Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Alex R. Munson
YEAR OF ARREST:2005
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TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Northern Mariana Islands
FEDERAL DISTRICT:District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:6 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:China
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WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):2
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Escort Service/Brothel, Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 371
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty
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SECOND CHARGE:Sex trafficking
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1591
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Acquitted
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THIRD CHARGE:Foreign transportation for prostitution
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 2421
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Acquitted
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FOURTH CHARGE:Transportation of persons in execution of fraud
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 2314
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Acquitted
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:Zheng: 78 months; Liu: 57 months
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:$47, 440
FINE IMPOSED:Zheng: $55,000, Liu: $500
FORFEITURE IMPOSED:Unknown
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Conviction
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:538 F.3d 1078
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:Zheng and Liu opened a brothel in Saipan, CNMI, called the Tea House. They placed advertisements for waitresses, performers, and service workers with a Chinese recruiting company. The ads suggested the women would earn 3,000-4,000 per month and would have to pay a $6,000 fee for transport to the CNMI from China. The victims saw the ads and agreed to be waitresses. When they arrived in the CNMI, they learned they would be involved with prostitution. The women protested, but worked as prostitutes from October 2004 to June 2005, when they went to the FBI, who conducted the investigation that led to the convictions.
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