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CASE NAME:United States v. Alex Mishulovich
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Alex Mishulovich, Vadim Gorokhovski, Serguie Tcharouchine
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SOURCE:News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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YEAR OF VERDICT:2002
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Illinois
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:12 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Latvia
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WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):2
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Strip Club/Massage Parlor
FIRST CHARGE:Visa Fraud
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1546
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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SECOND CHARGE:Involuntary Servitude
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1584
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CORE TERMS: sex ring
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:111 months
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SUMMARY:One of the victims, Linda, was 23 and working as a marketing manager in Riga, Latvia, when Defendant Mishulovich approached her and offered her to work in the US as a bikini dancer. The initial arrangement was that she would be splitting her earnings evenly with Mishulovich. In fact, when she arrived and began working at a strip club, she would earn often several hundred dollars a night, but she would be allowed to keep often as little as $20. Othere women were in the same situation as her, and many were prostituted while in captivity. In addition to confiscating money, Mishulovich kept the women from leaving through tactics including confiscation of documents, physical violence, threats and threats against family members. They initially lived in one apartment in Chicago, which they could leave under strict restrictions. Later, however, they were moved into Mishulovich's apartment which they were not permitted to leave for reasons other than going to work. In his apartment, the women were often forced to do household chores. Linda told Mishulovich that she wanted to leave, but he became so agigated that she, fearful for her safety, told him she changed his mind. To cope with their situation, the women resorted to alcohol. Linda's freedom was eventually bought for $5000 and a watch by a man she met at the strip club. 
Defendant Serguie Tcharouchine was Mishulovich's partner.
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