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CASE NAME:United States v. Liqing Liu
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Liqing Liu, Craig Joseph Kraft
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SOURCE:Bloomberg, DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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YEAR OF ARREST:2007
YEAR OF VERDICT:2008
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Minnesota
FEDERAL DISTRICT:District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:3 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:China and other Asian countries
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Unknown
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):2
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Escort Service/Brothel, Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution, Massage Parlor
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy to Commit an Offense Against the United States
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 371
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SUMMARY:Defendant Liqing Liu operated a prostitution ring with the assistance of Defendant Craig Kraft in 2007. The number of victims involved is unclear. Defendant transported aliens from various Asian countries. He harbored the victims at properties he owned and had them work as prostitutes in businesses that appeared to be massage parlors. The women would be referred to Defendant Liu or he would recruit them on internet message boards. He would request that they come to Minnesota to work as prostitutes, then he would provide their travel expenses. The expenses would later be deducted from their prostitution wages. Liu pled guilty to conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States and was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.
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