Sex Trafficking

Homeland Security Versus Immigrant-Owned Massage Parlors

Korean spas in New York City are the latest target of our national vice squad.

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Another month, another assurance that federal law enforcement has rebranded as a sort of national ministry for vice prevention. This week, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) investigators and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials conducted a widespread raid on Korean massage parlors in New York City, which the feds allege were not-so-secretly operating as fronts for commercial sexual activity. 

According to documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 11 massage-parlor owners were indicted as part of the operation. They have been charged with conspiracy to launder money and to violate the federal Travel Act. Both statutes are broad measures that prohibit earning money, crossing state or national boundaries, sending wire payments, making bank deposits, or using the U.S. postal service in conjunction with any "unlawful activity." 

This particular sting, which has been in the works since around 2012, involved the cooperation of ICE, DHS investigations, the IRS, the New York City Police Department, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. According to the indictment, the 11 massage parlors that were targeted "are independently owned but assist each other" by "sharing the same customer list," employing some of the same women as independent contractors, and using the same advertising sources—apparently enough to frame them as "co-conspirators" rather than independent entities operating within the same geographic and commercial space. 

One of the main lines of evidence ICE offers that prostitution was taking place at these massage parlors is that "sexually explicit" photographs of some staff were posted on their websites. Of course, plenty of places—strip clubs, chain restaurants, night clubs—use the sex appeal of staff to bring in customers, and presumably, most of these businesses are not engaged in secret sex-trafficking rings. But then, most of the women posing in racy photos for these places are not of an ethnic persuasion frequently presumed to be sex workers (or sex-trafficking victims), or employed in an industry that's long been a target of government regulators. 

The other evidence ICE offers comes from two informants, "CS-1," who worked as a manager at several of the massage parlors in 2014, and "CW-1," a South Korean woman who paid to be smuggled into America last decade. Upon her arrival, CW-1 began working in Manhattan brothels and eventually opened her own. She has since been arrested and charged with violating the Travel Act and money laundering, and is now "cooperating with law enforcement in the hope of receiving a more lenient sentence." 

According to both sources, the alleged prostitution at these massage parlors was not being forced upon the staff. Any money earned from such endeavors was split between workers and business owners, and workers were free to come and go as they pleased. The indictment also notes that while many of the workers were immigrants, their use of brokers and smugglers was on the decline, as the women can now arrange for their own entry into the United States under a visa waiver program for South Korean tourists. Nonetheless, the indictment refers to the massage parlors as "commercial sex trafficking businesses." 

Remember the last big immigrant sex-trafficking takedown that made the news? 

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  1. dat torso

  2. As a well-known lover of hot Asian women, all I can say is this.

    1. And, as a totally unknown lover of hot Asian women, all I can say is this:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMICD3aMZpw

  3. A large number of people seem to believe that no woman could ever voluntarily be a hooker or want the job. They remind of the stories you hear about soldiers in Korea who fall in “love” with some local hooker and save their Shekels to buy her out of her contract so they can get married only to see the hooker happily take another advance and sign a new contract.

    Beyond that, even if there was such a thing as “human trafficking” and these women were being held as slaves, how in the world would you ever make any money? Who wants to pay to be with a hooker who doesn’t even pretend she wants to do? Men don’t go to hookers to get off. They go to hookers to get the emotional high that comes with a woman wanting to have sex with them. If it was just about getting off, they would buy a sex doll.

    I suppose there are a few real sadistic bastards who would get off from being with a hooker who was obviously being forced to do it. That would however be a pretty niche market.

    1. No John, the korean hookers marry the young soldier, come to the US, and after the appropriate amount of time, divorce him for half his shit and stay here.

      I knew one guy who did this 4 times. He managed to trick the third one into going back to Korea and divorcing her there, when he caught wind of her plan (from his 2nd wife).

      1. Those are the smart ones or the ones who fine guys who are not total closet cases. The dumb ones or the ones who can’t find a guy who isn’t a closet case, just get their contract paid off and get a new one pocketing the bonus money. I know of two cases where that happened.

      2. “I knew one guy who did this 4 times.”

        And how many Nigerian princes has this guy helped out of a jam??

    2. I had a pal of mine who wanted to marry a Thailand hooker girl. He paid for her nursing school, met her family, etc

      She did end up coming to America, only with the promise to marry someone else, all while working at a clothing factory sweatshop.

      He went to her, beg & pleaded, but, as far as I know, she ended up marrying some old guy so she could get her citizenship here. Of course I heard this second hand, but this woman was apparently “sold” to the clothing factory so her parents could pay off some gambling debts.

      1. That kind of shit totally happens. If I am running a clothing factory, slaves will do nicely. The slave doesn’t have to like making the clothes only fear me enough to make them. That is different than running a brothel. You can terrorize someone into being a good worker. It is a lot harder to terrorize them into being a good hooker.

        Also, I can put my factory in a corrupt country where the cops won’t bother me. I have to run the brothel in the US. What am I going to do when one of my slaves runs off and tells the cops? I am totally screwed. Why mess with all of that nonsense when there are a ton of women who will happily come and work as hookers for a chance to get to the US?

        1. A couple of days ago John enlightened us all regarding the inner workings of your average Muslim’s mind. Now he explains the mentality of asian whores, their customers (“Johns”), gold-diggers, and sweat-shop/slave owners.

          John, there’s still time to adopt the handle “Cliff Clavin”.

    3. Men don’t go to hookers to get off.

      Says who?

      1. Just to get off. Sorry, I forgot the modifier.

        1. Well, I guess there are some who would do the whole “hire one to talk” Catcher in the Rye thing.

    4. If you can coerce someone into having sex with strangers against their will, you can probably coerce them into pretending to be somewhat into it.

      1. Not really. Unless you want to tape every encounter, how are you going to know she doesn’t just lay there like a dead fish? And most men are not going to complain, they just won’t come back.

        It is a pretty stupid idea when you consider that there is no shortage or women who will happily do it voluntarily. Why go through the trouble of forcing them when you can get as many women as you need who will do it voluntarily.

        1. I’m not sure how you can know that. I don’t know for sure about any of it either. But I do know that traumatized and abused people do some fucked up and apparently illogical stuff. Why do so may battered women stick up for their abusers? I don’t have a clue, but it does happen. There are a lot of evil and manipulative people out there who are really good at being evil and manipulative.

    5. “Who wants to pay to be with a hooker who doesn’t even pretend she wants to do?”

      Some people are fucked up.

    6. If it was just about getting off, they would buy a sex doll.

      People don’t take taxis just to get to their destination, otherwise they’d just buy a Lexus.

  4. Mmmmm… sweet Candy.

    On another note, WTF is the purpose of these goddam promoted comments?

    Seriously reason, how about coming up with an edit button, or a way for us to search all of our comments before you attach questionable blog gizmos to the damn thing.

    Priorities!

    1. Y’know, I thought the Promoted Comments thing was an April Fool’s joke. Not a great one, but a solid attempt at heckling us about sellouts in the comment section. But here I am, two weeks later, and lo and behold the damned things are still there.

    2. The preview button is the edit button. Preview your work!

  5. So… Looks like the first of the new Reason? trading cards are out?

    1. Nookie Of The Year

      1. *falls out of chair, limps up to lead thunderous applause*

        1. LOL is this a Mad Men reference? If so, thumbs up.

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  6. One of the main lines of evidence ICE offers that prostitution was taking place at these massage parlors is that “sexually explicit” photographs of some staff were posted on their websites.

    which of course is a marketing method no one else has ever employed

    1. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that ICE agent actually believes that you get to have sex with the strippers if you pay to get in the campaign room.

      1. So American Apparel should be prosecuted for whoring out Quebecois models to Americans visiting their trade-show booths, then?

        1. It says that Mallory is from Ventura, CA.

          So whoring out Americois models to visiting Kwebeckers, then…eh.

          1. Maybe i linked the wrong photo. they have so many good examples

            1. Isn’t American Apparel the one with the CEO who walks around in his underwear and sticks his dick in anything that draws breath?

              1. I dunno, but I thought I just heard they were going bankrupt or something.

                1. I thought I just heard they were going bankrupt or something.

                  Are Bankrupt. Dov Charney basically lost everything, and the company is owned by his creditors now.

              2. Isn’t American Apparel the one with the CEO who walks around in his underwear and sticks his dick in anything that draws breath?

                Yes. Dov Charney is an inspiration.

                1. Even if his company is bankrupt, we’ll always have those ads.

                  1. A story from three days ago: American Apparel lays off hundreds of workers and considers outsourcing some manufacturing

                    The main problem is that it’s difficult to pay workers decent wages ? Charney used to boast that his sewers were paid $12 an hour on average ? and still make money while selling pricey $30 T-shirts. Complicating matters is a hotly contested retail landscape full of fast-fashion chains that make their clothes abroad and sell them for a fraction of American Apparel’s prices.

                    You don’t say.

      2. JOHNISM :The campaign room is where you go to get fucked by your elected officials.

        There is definitely sex in the campaign room.

        There is typically no lubrication.

        1. Damn autocorrect. Yes, there is sex in the campaign room. There is just no lube and there is almost never any consent for it on your part. The Champagne room not so much.

        2. Good catch. That’s the best johno ever.

      3. campaign room.

        That’s an epic John-ism, well done.

        I’m guessing the campaign room at Trump Towers probably has the classiest, most elegant strippers ever,

        “There’ll be so many classy broads, you’ll actually get sick of hawt strippers, believe me! It’s gonna be yuuuge!”

  7. “the women can now arrange for their own entry into the United States under a visa waiver program for South Korean tourists.”

    I’m trying to think of a good joke, but I’m constrained by the fact that I’m not a filthy racist like Irish.

    /sarc

  8. Finally, New York City has been saved from the scourge of paid hand jobs.

  9. According to both sources, the alleged prostitution at these massage parlors was not being forced upon the staff. Any money earned from such endeavors was split between workers and business owners, and workers were free to come and go as they pleased.

    Of course, this is heinous behavior that the DHS, ICE, and NY cops are all too eager to stop.

    1. Three agencies with a huge budgets and way too much time on their hands.

  10. Me love you long time. /what every man wants to hear

    (this was brought to you by Wang Fun, premier leader in genital stimulation)

  11. The bow ruins the entire ensemble.

    ICE does so much to keep us safe. Thanks, ICE!

  12. At least now they’ve been disabused of any silly notions about “freedom” in America.

  13. Vice pigs are the scum that scum scrapes off its open sores.

  14. So, someone at ICE felt like a handy and wanted to put it on the company card?

  15. Re: the pic.

    Sorry, but those are the fakest tits since fake came to tit-town. Not my thing.

    Does she have a sister with the original equipment? Asking for a li’l friend.

    1. Eh, I’d have to see her with her bra off to know for sure. IOW, (topless) pics or GTFO!

      TIWTANFL

    2. Hey man, long as I’m not paying for ’em, I don’t care how fake they are.

    3. You can send your rejects my way.

  16. Looks like they…

    (removes sunglasses)

    …rubbed someone the wrong way.

    1. *narrows gaze*

      Did I do that right?

      1. Happens pretty naturally when the sunglasses come off.

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