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CASE NAME:United States v. Young Pil Choi
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Young Pil "Ricky" Choi
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DOCKET NUMBER:2:04cr593
SOURCE:DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Judge
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Ronald B. Leighton
YEAR OF ARREST:2003
YEAR OF VERDICT:2004
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Washington
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Western District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:100 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female and Male
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Korea
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Undocumented
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):1
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor and Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution, Massage Parlor, Restaurant/Bar Industry
FIRST CHARGE:Bringing in and Harboring Certain Aliens
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 U.S.C. § 1324
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:36 months
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:36 months
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SUMMARY:In the early 2000's, Defendant Young Pil Choi transported over 100 South Koreans into the U.S. by smuggling them across the United States-Canada border. He then forced the women to work as prostitutes in bars, massage parlors, and restaurants. Defendant transported the women to Washington State and then paid drivers to transport the women to California. Defendant pled guilty to bringing in and harboring certain aliens and was sentenced to 36 months in prison.
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