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CASE NAME:United States v. Do Hyup Bae
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Do Hyup Bae, Tae Hoon Kim, Sung Chil Il, Fnu Lnu, Tae Jun Park, Byung Chul Shin, Kyong Polachek, Byoung Il Son, Jin Sook Kim-Lee, Miae Choi-Son, Fnu Lnu
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DOCKET NUMBER:1:06-mj-00862-KAM
SOURCE:Bloomberg, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TRIAL JUDGE(S):Kiyo A. Matsumoto
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YEAR OF VERDICT:2007
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):12
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TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Escort Service/Brothel
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 371, 18 USC 3551
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:41
SECOND CHARGE:Transporting for Prostitution
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 2421
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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THIRD CHARGE:Forfeiture (Attempted Sex Trafficking)
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1594, 18 USC 1591, 18 USC 3551
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Acquitted
THIRD CHARGE SENTENCE:38
FOURTH CHARGE:Bringing in and Harboring Aliens
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 USC 1324, 18 USC 2, 18 USC 3551
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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FIFTH CHARGE:Money Laundering
FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1960, 18 USC 3551
FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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CORE TERMS:Also, Attempting to Recruit a Minor for Prostitution, Guilty Plea, 38 months
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:41
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SUMMARY:Defendant Do Hyup Bae pled guilty to charges relating to the operation of a network of over 25 Korean-owned brothels. The brothels were spread around the US Northeast, including New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Defendant Do Hyup Bae specifically operated a brothel in Queens under the cover of legitimate business (as was the case with the other brothels), where he employed between two and eight prostitutes typically. The majority of the prostitutes were Korean women. Defendant Do Huyp Bae plead guilty to attemping to recruit a Korean woman whom he believed to be a minor to work as a prostitute for him. Many of the Korean women had entered the US on tourist visas. Recruiters working for the trafficking ring would usually go to Korea in search of women and either provide them with false travel documents or smuggled them across the borders with Canada or Mexico. Once at the brothels, the managers would take away their passports and threatened the women with physical violence for them or their families in Korea, in case they attempted to escape before they had repaid their smuggling debts. The brothels contained special rooms where the women were hid in case of police raids. The investigation of the sex ring began after an undercover police officer discovered a flourishing brothel business in Flushing, Queens. Two police officers had been bribed and were protecting that brothel. Following the arrest of these two police officers, the cellphone of Defendant Tae Hoon Kim was lawfully wire-tapped. The wire-tap led to the uncovering of the brothels network. 67 Korean women from the brothels were taken into custody after police raid to determine if they were victims of human trafficking.
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