Thursday hundreds of California Law officers staged a series of nighttime raids on brothels, homes and businesses in Southern California and San
Francisco that resulted in the arrests of Forty-Five individuals, who allegedly conspired to smuggle South Korean women into the U.S. to work as
prostitutes. According to Marcy Forman, who heads the Office of Investigations at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the series of coordinated
raids has essentially dismantled one of the largest smuggling and prostitution rings in Southern California.
Forty-five people were arrested during nighttime raids for allegedly conspiring to smuggle South Korean women into the United States to work as
prostitutes at massage parlors and other businesses, authorities said.
Hundreds of officers in the San Francisco Bay area and Southern California made the arrests during raids of brothels, homes and businesses.
Authorities said the Bay Area and Southern California raids were coordinated but wouldn't elaborate.
In the Bay Area, authorities searched some 50 brothels, homes and businesses and arrested 27 suspects on Thursday night, U.S. Attorney Kevin V. Ryan
said. Twenty-nine people, including 24 of the suspects arrested, face charges including sex trafficking and money laundering, according to the U.S.
Attorney's Office in San Francisco.
Eighteen people were arrested in the Los Angeles area on prostitution-related conspiracy charges.
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In addition authorities have approximately 100 women at an undisclosed location where they were being cared for and interviewed by authorities.
Reportedly some of the women may have paid $16,000 to get into the U.S.
This story clearly shows we need more border patrol agents to protect our borders. These women never should have made it into the country in the
Since this is one of the largest rings in Southern California, it kind of makes one wonder how many other rings there are!
Slavery is wrong; personally, I hope they lock up all those involved and throw away the key.
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