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CASE NAME:United States v. Lev Trakhtenberg
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Lev Trakhtenberg, Viktoriya Ilina, Sergey Malchikov
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SOURCE:DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, News Article, Indictment
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TRIAL JUDGE(S):John C. Lifland
YEAR OF ARREST:2002
YEAR OF VERDICT:2005
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:New Jersey
FEDERAL DISTRICT:District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:15 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Russia
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):3
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Strip Club, Strip Club/Massage Parlor
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
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1589
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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THIRD CHARGE:Visa Fraud
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1546
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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FOURTH CHARGE:Smuggling Aliens into the US
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1324
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Withdrawn
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:60 months
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:$66,380
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FORFEITURE IMPOSED:$25,575
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SUMMARY:Defendants Lev Trakhtenberg, his wife, Defendant I'lina,  and  Malchikov were forcing Russian women to dance at strip clubs in the US. The defendants were luring young women in Russia with attractive offers for dancing at New York strip clubs, for which opportunity the women paid a hefty fee. The women were brought in into the US with fraudulently obtained visas, the visa applications falsely claimed that the women were highly specialized and internally-acclaimed singers and dancers. When the women arrived in New York, Defendants collected their passports and return tickets. They had also collected emergency contact information from the women with regard to the women's family members in Russia, which Defendants later used to threaten their families and the women in order to prevent the women from leaving Defendants' control. Defendants required that the women paid them $200 a day proceeds from their work, even on days when they earned less or were too exhausted or ill to work. The women lived in apartments in Brooklyn and were transported by a van to the nude dancing establishments in New Jersey by Defendant Serge Malchikov, among other drivers.
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