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CASE NAME:United States v. Jerry Svoronos
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Jerry Svoronos, Dennis Kim, Ae Soon Cho, Geeho Chae
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DOCKET NUMBER:06-CR-234 (SLT) (RML)
SOURCE:Bloomberg, DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TRIAL JUDGE(S):Sandra L. Townes
YEAR OF ARREST:2006
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TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:New York
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Eastern District Court
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NUMBER OF VICTIMS:15 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:South Korea
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):4
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Escort Service/Brothel
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy to Defraud the US
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 371
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SUMMARY:

Defendants Cho and Chae were operating a large massage parlor/brothel business in Flushing, NY, including four brothels and a “stash house” in which they stored money and their workers lived.  Cho and Chae used middlemen from which they “ordered” Korean women for their brothels. The victims entered the US illegally, either without visas or with visas that were fraudulently obtained.  Upon arrival in the US, the women were informed of a "debt" they owed the smugglers and forced into prostitution to repay it.

Defendants Svoronos and Kim were police officers that accepted bribes from the brothel owners.  Kim and Svoronos permitted Cho and Chae to operate their brothel and directed law enforcement to raid competing brothels in exchange for sexual services, payment of bar bills, and information leading to arrests that could advance the police officers' careers.

The FBI raided Cho’s and Chae’s brothels in 2006, after a 10 month investigation.
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