Five people arrested in three states Thursday are accused of running an interstate prostitution ring with multiple brothels in high-end apartments in Cambridge and other states, authorities said.
Two Massachusetts residents were among the five people arrested, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Yoon I. Kim, 36, of Haymarket, Virginia; Taehee Kim, a/k/a “Hyunsook Kim,” 46, of Haymarket, Virginia; Jineok Kim, 38, of Watertown, Massachusetts.; Kyung Song, 52, of Lexington, Massachusetts; and Susan Bashir, a/k/a “Susan Redmon,” a/k/a “Susan Redmond,” 41, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, were all arrested Thursday.
They appeared in federal courts in Boston, Virginia, and Atlanta and face one count each of conspiracy to persuade, induce, entice, or coerce individuals to travel in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution.
“According to the criminal complaint, beginning in at least November 2015, the defendants operated an interstate prostitution network with multiple brothels in high-end apartments in Cambridge, Mass.; Atlanta, Ga.; and eastern Virginia,” authorities said. “They advertised appointments with Asian women primarily on three websites: www.bostonasiandolls.com, www.exoticasiansatlanta.com, and www.redhotflowers69.com.”
The women advertised on the websites were moved from city to city and worked as prostitutes for the organization.
“Co-conspirators collected the cash earnings from the women working at the brothels and made bulk deposits–sometimes thousands of dollars at a time in cash–at ATMs near the brothels, funneling the money into accounts controlled by other co-conspirators,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “Co-conspirators also used U.S. Postal money orders and the U.S. Mail to transport proceeds from the prostitution network.”
Massachusetts state Rep. Diana DiZoglio (Image via campaign handout)