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CASE NAME:United States v. Sung Bum Chang
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Sung Bum Chang, Hyang Kyung Chang
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DOCKET NUMBER:06-11229, 3:05-CR-127-1
SOURCE:DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
RELATED CASE CITATION:3:08-cv-02189, 3:09-cv-00747-N
TYPE OF TRIAL:Judge
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Sam A. Lindsay
YEAR OF ARREST:2005
YEAR OF VERDICT:2006
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Texas
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Northern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:50 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:South Korea
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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:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Nightclub Industry
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 371
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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SECOND CHARGE:Forced Labor
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FORFEITURE IMPOSED:$5,560 and property
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Sentence
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:237 Fed. Appx. 985 (5th Cir. Tex. 2007)
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:Defendant Sung Bum Chang pled guilty to conspiracy and forced labor for coordinating with members of a human trafficking network to smuggle 50-60 women between 2003 and 2005 from South Korea. The women lived at Chang's residence and were forced to work at his Club 6 or 7 days a week, in order to pay off their smuggling debts, Chang docked the women's pay and extended their time of servitude for room and board and fines for breaking rules he laid down.  The women were required to act as hostesses at the karaoke bar, to spend time with the customers and convince them to buy more alcohol.  Chang confined the women to his home with guards and surveillance equipment and withheld their passports.  Chang also required the women to tell him the names and addresses of some of their family members in South Korea, with the implication that the victims' families would be harmed if they tried to escape. Chang appealed sentencing enhancements and was denied.

Chang's wife, Hyang Kyung Chang was aware of her husband's business, and participated in the conspiracy.  She pled guilty as well.

In December, 2008, a related civil case was filed by some victims.  That case is still ongoing.  The civil suit alleges that the women were sometimes forced to have sex with customers in order to keep them satisfied and to convince them to return to the Club.
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