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CASE NAME:United States v. Fu Sheng Kuo
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Fu Sheng Kuo aka Fu Shen Kuo aka Pakea aka Zhu Ge translated Brother Pig, Shengji Wang, Kueiling Chen, Lili Zhang
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DOCKET NUMBER:D.C. No. CR 07-00225-DAE-1, D.C. No. CR 07-00249-DAE
SOURCE:DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, Lexis Search, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Judge
TRIAL JUDGE(S):David A. Ezra, District Judge, 9th District
YEAR OF ARREST:2006
YEAR OF VERDICT:2008
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:American Samoa
FEDERAL DISTRICT:District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:2 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:China
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WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):4
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Escort Service/Brothel, Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:involuntary servitude?
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 241.
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:63 months
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CORE TERMS:Knowingly and willfully conspiring to injure, oppress, threaten, and intimidate persons in the free exercise and enjoyment of the rights and privileges secured to them by the Constitution and laws of the United States, that is, the right to be free from involuntary servitude secured by the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, all in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 241.
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Sentence
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 26326 United States v. Fu Sheng Kuo, 588 F.3d 729; 2010 U.S. LEXIS 5061 Fu Sheng Kuo v. United States, 130 S. Ct. 3458; 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 18108 United States v. Kuo, 620 F.3d 1158
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm in Part and Remand in Part
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SUMMARY:Defendants convinced victims to leave China to work as cashiers in Wang's American grocery store. Wang agreed to arrange travel and papers for a sum of $1,875 each. Upon arrival, defendants confiscated victims' passports and return tickets. The victims were taken to Bao Lai, a restaurant and brothel owned by Kuo, where they were kept, locked in. Victims were made to work as prostitutes to pay for their travel expenses, and were threatened with food deprivation, beatings, and harm to their families in China. Defendants eventually escaped and reported to the police station, where they filed their reports and were sent to a hospital. Defendants pleaded guilty in response to a plea agreement. The district court imposed terms of incarceration and filed a motion for restitution.
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