Case Analysis: Foreign National Victims Trafficked in a String of Brothels
DEFENDANTS CHARGED WITH TRAFFICKING, TAX FRAUD AND MONEY LAUNDERING
California Attorney General Bonta secures guilty pleas in statewide sex trafficking bust. Jing Chiang Huang, "aka Lili" pleaded guilty and was sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison. She was ordered to pay $557,391 in restitution to the California Franchise Tax Board. There are six defendants charged with multiple felonies including tax evasion and money laundering.
This case is an excellent case study in how foreign national massage parlor brothels are used to deceive and recruit more than a dozen females from China and exploit them by forcing and coercing them into providing commercial sex acts in multiple locations throughout California. The dollars generated by the sexual exploitation of these females are then laundered and sent to China. Victims of foreign national trafficking on U.S. soil fear they will be deported, often their documents are held by their captors and often they are told that their family back home will be harmed.
We use this case study to help identify when a business might be a front for an illicit commercial sex business and to recognize indicators that an individual may be a victim of foreign national sex trafficking rings.
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