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CASE NAME:United States v. Roman Valdma
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Roman Valdma
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DOCKET NUMBER:03-mc-1026
SOURCE:DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Judge
TRIAL JUDGE(S):William J. Young
YEAR OF ARREST:2003
YEAR OF VERDICT:2004
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Massachusetts
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:Estonia
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:B-1/B-2 visa
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):1
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution, Strip Club, Massage Parlor
FIRST CHARGE:Importation of Aliens for Immoral Purpose
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 U.S.C. § 1328
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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SECOND CHARGE:Transportation for Illegal Sexual Activity
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2421
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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THIRD CHARGE:Persuading and Enticing Illegal Sexual Activity
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2422
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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FOURTH CHARGE:Visa Fraud
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CORE TERMS:8 U.S.C. § 1328; 18 U.S.C. § 2421; 18 U.S.C. § 2422
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:41
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FINE IMPOSED:$75,000 fine and $2,000 special assessment
FORFEITURE IMPOSED:$80,000 and Property
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APPEAL:No
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SUMMARY:From 1999 to 2003 Defendant Roman Valdma used fraudulently obtained visas to bring at least five Estonian women to the United States to work at erotic massage parlors. Most of the women were unaware that they would be required to perform commercial sex acts until they arrived in the United States. At Valdma’s sentencing, the district court judge noted that Valdma had used physical assaults to control the workers. Additionally, media coverage of the case reported that Valdma boasted of his connections to the Russian mob as a means of “keep[ing] his workers in line."
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