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CASE NAME:United States v. Tae Hoon Kim
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Tae Hoon Kim, Sung Chul Il, Fnu Lnu, Tae Jun Park, Do Hyup Bae, Kyong Polachek, Byoung Il Son, Jin Sook Kim-Lee, Miae Choi-Son
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DOCKET NUMBER:1:06mj862
SOURCE:DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, Law Review/Scholarly Article, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Judge
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Kiyo A. Matsumoto
YEAR OF ARREST:2006
YEAR OF VERDICT:2006
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:New York
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Eastern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
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GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:South Korea
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Undocumented
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):9
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor and Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Escort Service/Brothel, Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution, Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution (johns/other buyers), Massage Parlor
FIRST CHARGE:Willfully transporting an individual in interstate and foreign commerce with intent that such individual engage in prostituion
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Unknown
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SECOND CHARGE:Conspiring to conduct, control, manage, supervise, direct and own all and part of a business, knowing that the business was an illegal money transmitting business, which affected interstate and foreign commerce.
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 371
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THIRD CHARGE:Knowingly transporting an individual in interstate and foreign commerce with intent that such individual engage in prostitution
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2421
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FOURTH CHARGE:Conspiring to conduct, control, manage, supervise, direct and own all and part of a business, knowing that the business was an illegal money transmitting business, which affected interstate and foreign commerce.
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1960(a)
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Unknown
FOURTH CHARGE SENTENCE:Committing a federal, state or local crime while on release.
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FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 3148
FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Unknown
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CORE TERMS:18 U.S.C. § 2; 18 U.S.C § 371; 18 U.S.C. § 2421; 18 U.S.C. §1960(a); 18 U.S.C. § 3148
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SUMMARY:Defendants were brothel owners/managers, transporters, and money transmitters in a large-scale human trafficking ring that recruited South Korean women to work in the United States to support their families at home. They were transported to the U.S. using false immigration documents. Upon arrival, the women were charged with debts (usually in the tens of thousands of dollars range) for their recruitment and transportation, and were placed in a network of brothels purporting to be massage parlors, health spas, etc., but generated most of their revenue from illegal prostitution. After being delivered to the brothels, the women were supervised by brothel owners/managers, who had them work as prostitutes until they could pay off their debt to the trafficking ring. Women were routinely exchanged between different brothels in the network, depending on demand. The women were not allowed to leave the brothels unless they were using a taxi to get to another brothel in the network. Brothel owners/managers frequently restricted the ability of the women to leave by withholding passports and travel documents, threatening to turn the women in to immigration authorities, and threatening harm to their families in South Korea. In 2006, an FBI and ICE investigation uncovered the human trafficking ring using wiretaps and undercover agents, and Defendants were arrested in 2006.
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