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CASE NAME:United States v. Young Joon Yang
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Young Joon Yang, a.k.a. Yang, Wu Sang Nah a.k.a. Kang, Sung Yong Kim a.k.a. Kim, Hang Joe Yoon a.k.a. Mr. Lee, Myong Su Ah, a.k.a. Paula Lee, Nam Young Lee, Fred A. Frazier, Truong Du Nguyen, Ahdi M. Nashashibi, Young Jo Lee, Min Young Bang, In Seung Kim, Seyun Kim, Eugene Yi, Chang Soo Youn, Mo Sook Yang, Keun Sung Lee also known as Kenneth, Myung Jin Chang, Won Seok Yoo, Jimmy Gong Yan Lee,  Aesun Kim, Hyeon J. Park, Anthony Gar Lau, Mi Young Sim, Kum Pae Yi, Han Lee, Hye Cha Kim, Jin Ah Kang, Yon Suk Pang, Hyon Chu Yim, Min Sung Kim
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DOCKET NUMBER:3:05-CR-00395-CRB
SOURCE:Bloomberg, News Article, PACER (docket search)
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Charles R. Breyer
YEAR OF ARREST:2005
YEAR OF VERDICT:2009
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:California
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Northern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:100 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Korea
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):29
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution, Massage Parlor
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy to Bring in and Harbor Aliens
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(A)(v)(I)
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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SECOND CHARGE:Sex Trafficking
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591(a)
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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THIRD CHARGE:Aiding and Abetting of Sex Trafficking
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591(a)2
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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FOURTH CHARGE:Money Laundering Conspiracy
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1956(h)
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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FIFTH CHARGE:Mann Act Conspiracy
FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 371
FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:About 12 months credited for time served; 36 months supervised release; $400 special assessment
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:$609,840
FINE IMPOSED:Defendant Seyun Kim: $3009; Keun Sung Lee= $20,000; Myung; Jin Chang= $3,000; Jimmy Gong Yan Lee= $2,000; Mi Young Sim= $40,000; Han Lee= 40,000
FORFEITURE IMPOSED:$1,000,000 + Defendant Young Joo Lee: $3011 + $1600 in postal money orders; Defendant Mi Young Sim= $415,000; Defendant Han Lee= $609,840
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APPEAL:No
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SUMMARY:Defendants were involved in a prostitution ring where more than 100 South Korean women smuggled into the U.S. worked as prostitutes to pay their smuggling fees. In 2005, law officers raided 11 suspected brothels, including the Suk Hee Oriental Massage Parlor and the Golden Dragon Spa and arrested 27 suspects. The prostitution ring had an elaborate operation which included a taxi company that transported the women to clients and a travel agency that enticed and brought in new South Korean women to the ring. There were also arrangements to fly women to prostitute themselves in Las Vegas, Dallas, New York and Boston. The San Francisco operation was run by Young Joon Yang.
Approval Status:Approved
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