Immigration

Deported for Giving a Handjob?

For some unlucky women, wiping a cop's semen from their massage-table may be one of the last things they do in this country.

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On September 1, 2016, "Sunny" Kimnam gave a massage and a hand-job to an undercover police informant. Since that day, she has been incarcerated, and faces likely deportation to Korea.

Kimnam's story is far from unique. Tucked in tales of "human trafficking investigations" and massage-parlor prostitution busts across the U.S., you'll find that these efforts are almost always aided or led by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents. Sometimes it's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), sometimes the Enforcement and Removal Operations unit of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE). Since January 1, 2017, DHS has been involved in at least a dozen massage-parlor raids, arresting at least 26 people. Twenty-three of these arrests were women, all Asian and mostly in their 50s.

None were found to be involved in human trafficking, but they were arrested on charges such as prostitution, promoting prostitution, and giving an unlicensed massage. And for those who are immigrants—whether in the country legally or not—it could be just the beginning.

Arrest… But First, Ejaculation

Since at least 2012, Ace Acupressure Spa operated out of the small mountain town of Larksville, Pennsylvania, tucked between a laundromat and a used-car lot in part of town that looks like it has seen better days. Online ads for Ace tout deep tissue massage, care for "frozen shoulder," and remedies for head, back, and neck pain provided by a professional Asian massage therapist. But the placement of these ads (in "adult" and sensual body-rub sections of ad sites) and the images they contain (wholesome-looking but marginally clothed young women) leave little question that the spa's appeal might not rest solely in employees' masseuse skills.

Larksville sits in Luzerne County, a place suggested by Newsweek to hold the key to Donald Trump's election. It's one of those oft-mythologized areas that broke for Barack Obama in 2012 but turned to Trump—by 20 points—in the past election. Newsweek called it "a county of 'Firewood for Sale' signs and volunteer fire departments [and] beautiful views from the tops of mountains." But it's also a place where manufacturing jobs have long been disappearing, more than 20 percent of families with children live in poverty, and the Hispanic population in some areas has skyrocketed in recent years. Immigration enforcement was big on the minds of residents that Newsweek talked to post-election.

The employees of Ace Accupressure—"Sunny" Kimnam and at least two other Korean women—were part of a small minority of Asians and Asian-Americans in Luzerne County—just about 1 percent, according to U.S. census data, and just 0.28 percent in Larksville proper. With the stigma already associated with Asian massage parlors, it's not surprising that Ace attracted local law-enforcement attention. But what's strange (or should be) in this small-time, small-town vice investigation is its orchestration by DHS officials.

Ultimately, just two women were arrested in the operation, Sunny and 55-year-old K. Suk, both Korean nationals. On September 1, Suk had greeted the undercover police informant at the door, led him to a massage room, and collected $60, the price of a standard massage, before leaving the room. The masseuse, Sunny, went on to explain that it would be $60 more "for topless," according to the state's Affadavit for Probable Cause, "and made a hand motion for a hand job."

After starting with a regular massage, Sunny "began to massage the [informant's] penis until he ejaculated," the police affidavit states. He "cleaned himself up and was then escorted out."

About three hours later, police showed up with a search warrant. They found unused condoms and cash, including the cash paid by the informant earlier, and arrested Sunny and Suk, later determining that both had previous convictions for prostitution and both were involved in Ace Accupressure's management. From that day on, Sunny and Suk would remain prisoners in county jail until pleading guilty, in January, to one count each of misdemeanor promoting prostitution.

Immigration's Morality Clause

For U.S. citizens, getting arrested on a misdemeanor charge might not pose an existential threat. But for the women targeted by DHS spa stings, it can upend their whole lives, and it doesn't necessarily matter whether they're actually engaged in prostitution. For those who have entered the country illegally, any encounter with authorities is fraught with deportation danger. Others may be here on valid tourist or student visas but not permitted to work, which means that even giving standard massages to pick up extra cash could be an official immigration infraction, thus triggering their removal. And even legal permanent residents can be arrested, fined, and jailed for up to 30 days if they don't have their green card with them physically when federal agents show up.

Nor do those swept up in ICE's vice stings necessarily have to be immigration scofflaws to face consequences such as deportation. Even legal permanent residents—i.e. "green card" holders—can be "removed" if found to be sex workers. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, legal immigrants who have not been naturalized as citizens can become deportable for a variety of reasons, including managing or supervising a prostitution business, transporting someone for the purpose of prostitution, or committing crimes of "moral turpitude"—a nebulous concept defined at various points in immigration law as "conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty or good morals" or "an act or behavior that gravely violates the sentiment or accepted standard of the community."

While federal officials don't release data on how many people are deported for prostitution offenses or other crimes of moral turpitude, local news stories yield all sorts of stories suggesting that for some unlucky women, wiping a cop's cum from their massage-table may be one of the last things they do outside bars in this country. And even when DHS isn't directly involved in an initial sting, immigrant inmates may be held on immigration detainers by police who have agreements with federal authorities.

A 2016 sting on a massage parlor in Macomb County, Michigan, that led to the arrest of five Chinese women on prostitution charges has already led to the deportation of two of the women. Two others are still in custody, awaiting trial. The fifth woman, 50-year-old Meijuan Yu, just recently plead guilty to offering prostitution and was sentenced to two years probation—deferred so that Homeland Security could immediately take her into custody and get started on deporting her back to China.

On February 9, 2017, Homeland Security Investigations teamed up with two county sheriff's offices to raid Donah's Massage Therapy in Winnie, Texas, as part of an undercover investigation they'd been plotting since December. Three women—Song Ja Hyun, 59, Shunyu Quan, 53, and Ying Yu Jin, 53—were arrested and charged with misdemeanor prostitution; Jin was also charged with aggravated promoting prostitution, a felony. As of earlier this week, Hyun and Jin were being held in Chambers County Jail on ICE detainers, according to ABC affiliate 12 News Now.

In Amarillo, Texas, local police and Homeland Security worked "for months" investigating prostitution at the local Touch Spa. The fruits of their efforts? One 60-year-old woman arrested for prostitution in early February. "What we do with Homeland Security on this is standby and wait for them to give us information on what's going on and for them to tell us, hey, we're going to go in and make an arrest at this point," Amarillo Police Officer Jeb Hilton told local News Channel 10.

As for Sunny and Kim, the latter must pay $341 in court fees and is still awaiting sentencing otherwise. Sunny was assessed $513.50 in court fees, and sentenced by Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky at the Luzerne County Courthouse on February 8. As of last week, she remained in the local county jail, awaiting transfer to ICE custody at the nearby York County immigrant detention facility.

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114 responses to “Deported for Giving a Handjob?

  1. There are no comments. I wonder why.

    1. *fap fap fap fap fap fap fap fap*

    2. Apparently she sukked at it.

  2. …wiping a cop’s cum…

    I, for one, like earthy journalism.

    1. ENB has a…certain way with words.

    2. Wait, now the story was changed to ‘semen’. Who was the prude at Reason that made her change it? I’m guessing Matt Welch. I don’t know why, but I just feel like it was him

      1. I’m seeing both.

        1. I’m seeing both

          One of ’em is stuck on your screen.

      2. I would have gone with “jizz”.

        1. ‘Jizz’ is definitely the superior noun on this one.

        2. I prefer the formal “jizzum.”

    3. Good catch WakaWaka.

  3. The real problem is that the cop got a handjob to completion. As soon as she made it clear what was about to happen, they had their evidence.

    1. “I had a hand cramp.”

    2. Yeah, no one scummier than a vice cop.

    3. Needed more “hard” evidence?

    4. Dude didn’t sign up for this job to get blue balls.

  4. The other thing I find interesting is that if you’re a young pretty asian girl flying into LAX by yourself, you will be profiled as a sex worker and detained until they can verify your reason for being here. That sort of profiling is OK. Just can’t profile potential terrorist cause racism. Happy endings greater atrocity than sad endings I guess.

    1. Nobody cares about racism against Asians. Don’t be such a chink about it.

      1. /squints eyes

      2. Yeah, JB. Asians are honorary white people now, so fuck ’em.

  5. This should be legal.

    However, it’s not. So it shouldn’t be alarming that aliens will get deported after multiple convictions.

    I am baffled by the cop getting a hand job. I thought Hawaii was unusual in allowing the cops to bang prostitutes.

    1. Perks like that are how they attract the best and the brightest.

    2. It was a police informant, not an actual police officer, fwiw

      Most states don’t allow it anymore with actual cops, but I don’t think Hawaii is alone

      1. I think it’s allowed in Columbus. Doesn’t seem like it’s been they long since I’ve read about that happening here.

    3. ” I thought Hawaii was unusual in allowing the cops to bang prostitutes.”

      *furiously types out application to join a Hawaii PD*

  6. I have never been so enraged by an article. A woman like this should never be deported!

    1. I read that as “I have never been so engorged by an article.” It didn’t change the meaning of your comment at all. Carry on.

  7. Well, she brought this on herself.

    /Trumpista.

  8. Ultimately, just two women were arrested in the operation, Sunny and 55-year-old K. Suk,

    So if Sunny was responsible for the handjobs, then does it stand to reason that her co-proprietor was responsible for… other services?

    1. Captain Wi Tu Low.

  9. In Amarillo, Texas, local police and Homeland Security worked “for months” investigating prostitution at the local Touch Spa. The fruits of their efforts? One 60-year-old woman arrested for prostitution in early February.

    They really milked that “investigation” dry before getting bored moving to arrest, didn’t they?

  10. RE: Deported for Giving a Handjob?
    For some unlucky women, wiping a cop’s semen from their massage-table may be one of the last things they do in this country.

    These girls got deported because they gave someone a hand job?
    One can only imagine what would happen to them if they gave some one a blow job or had intercourse with a stranger.

  11. Handjobs Americans won’t do?

  12. Why is Reason criticizing the police for enforcing the law?

    1. Yeah why? Libertarians are well known for defending every single law in existence. What gives?

  13. Larksville, Pennsylvania

    It’s one of those oft-mythologized Midwestern areas

    Pennsylvania is the Midwest now. Nice to know.

    1. Funny you should mention that.

      I used to live in Pittsburgh. And almost invariably, when I met people who were from the east coast, they would describe Pittsburgh as “Midwestern”, but when I met people from the Midwest, they would describe Pittsburgh as “east coast”. So I think it depends on your point of view.

      1. I’m from Ohio; when I got to the east coast, people were aghast at me calling PA the midwest, but everyone I know in Ohio does

      2. I never thought of Buffalo as Midwest until I moved to the east coast. Now anything on the other side of the Appalachians seems Midwest to me. This town, however, is close to NJ so I would not call it Midwest.

        1. On the east coast anything that’s not a big city is the ‘Midwest’. I grew-up in Illinois and we never though of Pennsylvania as the ‘Midwest’.

          1. Illinois myself. We barely considered Ohio as part of the Midwest…

            Central time-zone was where we kinda drew the line. But East was not the same as East Coast.

          2. On the east coast anything that’s not a big city is the ‘Midwest’.

            Now you’re just being silly. The small towns and rural areas on this side of the mountains are not called ‘Midwest’ by anyone here.

    2. I am in Iowa. Midwest is between the chicago and the rockies.. indiana is borderish and ohio definitely east coast..

      1. I thought that was the great plains. Mid-west was named before all of the west was part of the US. If it were named today, it would probably be the mid-east, but that name is already taken.

        Anyway, who gives a shit what you flyover country fucks think anyway?

        1. I don’t know.. we call ourselves midwest and they ain’t us.. too prissy with their drinking like east coasters.

        2. I’m in MN, and I don’t

          1. Fuck cattle?

            1. Whoa, that’s an option???

        3. I thought that was the great plains. Mid-west was named before all of the west was part of the US.

          I’m with you Zeb. Midwest is Illinois to Ohio. Kentucky is the only state in debate. Everything else is East of the Mississippi and North of the Ohio. Everything else is Plains, East, West, and South.

          1. Cool infographic

            http://fivethirtyeight.com/dat…..e-midwest/

          2. It used to be easy: if they had a Big Ten team, they were Midwest. That doesn’t work anymore.

    3. Well, when it was one of the original thirteen, Pennsylvania was considered the west coast. True story.

    4. If you’re in NYC, everything west of Bayonne is the Midwest.

    5. And in “Lucerne” county, rather than Luzerne.

    6. The area between Pittsburgh and Philly is known as Pennsyltucky for a reason.

  14. AMP: Asian Massage Parlor

    Why does every two-horse town in the US have an AMP but no WMPs or BMPs?.

    1. I guess I live in a one horse town, cause we don’t have any kind of parlor.

      1. Business opportunity?

    2. Dude, white and black guys have Yellow Fever, that’s why!

  15. They also use these types of arrests to raise awareness regarding human trafficking. In WA State the front loaded stories use HT in the headlines. Also, there was a serial rapist who took advantage of multiple women in these locations because they were significantly vulnerable, and the rapist was a lawyer.

    http://www.kitsapsun.com/story…../95499028/

    1. The massage business happened to be one of seven in Kitsap County ? which range from Poulsbo to Port Orchard ? identified as suspect by cop-turned-consultant Lavon Watson, who has made a new career out of investigating the rising tide of what some call “illicit massage businesses,” or IMBs

      So this guy is a vigalante john? Fighting sin and vice, one shot at a time?

  16. Confucius say woman who give handjob often end up with fistful of trouble.

    1. Lazy joke, Mikey. Sad!

  17. I’m just gonna keep my thoughts and comments to myself on this one.

    No need to arouse the authorities.

    1. And get deported for the quality of your handjobs?

  18. So if she’d gone to veterinarian school, she’d be OK, right?

  19. “When we said a hand up, not a hand out, that’s not what we meant!”

  20. Is that what happened to Crusty?!

    1. He got deported?!?

  21. LOL I think it’s funny that you leave out the little detail that they are North Korean nationals. In fact, the country is little more than a sex and labor colony for South Korea and China, though the US benefits indirectly as can be seen here. China orchestrates their nuclear shenanigans to distract us. But it’s all falling apart.

  22. Talk about slippery slopes.

    1. There once was a servator from Switzerland
      Narrowing his gaze as a reprimand
      He soon had enough
      Left in a huff
      We’re since doomed to miss linguistic contraband

  23. Paid to get a handjob, huh? So how do the informants get those jobs? Asking for a friend.

  24. Just saying, PA is ridiculous about this shit:
    The informant allegedly was masturbated once and had intercourse three times with two different women while state troopers sat outside in a vehicle and listened to what was happening. They laughed afterward.

    Each time, state police paid the informant $40 for his “time and effort,” according to testimony at a Lehigh County Court hearing Tuesday.

    http://articles.mcall.com/2007…..ate-police

    1. “$50 if you bring us video. For, uh, evidence.”

  25. And Trump says that he is bringing back jobs to America…right.

    1. If you’re an American, they probably have a job opening at that place…

  26. Damn. This is the kind of shit that reinforces my hatred of government. Really, this is what they deem is important?
    I know I should be just making jokes but damn.

  27. Should AMPs be illegal? Fuck no.

    Should real prostitution be illegal? No…..

    Should illegals get deported? Yes.

    Should legal immigrants get deported for this? Yes….why? Because the law says so and they knew this and took the risk.

    Do I think it should be this way no but it is the law so if you want it to change don’t have some boo fucking hoo story. Lobby for the change. I’ll support it.

    Do these people need to take responsibility for their actions and know the risks? Yes.

    Do I have any pity for these people….no.

    are they just going to spam this stupid shit now?

    Seriously, they go into this work knowing it can end badly…they made the fucking choice!

    1. “Should legal immigrants get deported for this? Yes….why? Because the law says so and they knew this and took the risk.”

      So a kid with a joint, 20 years? Yep, you’re just fine with that.
      If you’re not Tulpa, you should be.

      1. Sevo, what’s up?

        What is up with all of the talk of commenters bolting? Is there some truth to it?

        1. See?!, it’s true! Sevo bolted at 4:14.

          FWIW, there are some names missing from the comments. Hopefully it will get better, but I for one don’t see how leaving makes sense. Just ignore the people you don’t like.

      2. No my point is when you come to a country expect to follow the rules or expect the consequences. Personal responsibility Christ.

        I expect a consequence when i speed 90 mph down I-88 when there is no traffic.

        Is a ticket going 90 mph down I-88 fucking stupid…yes it is. But i am not going to cry about it and expect pity from some people.

        I think the rule is stupid and should be changed but i don’t have any sympathy for these people because they knew the risk.

        Just like if someone gets busted for getting a happy ending i wont pity them. Do i thin its bullshit yes but i wont have sympathy. You made the choice given the risks.

        Its called personal responsibility you twit and being a grown ass adult and accepting the choices you make.

        You sound like a 7 year old who never grew up and realized the world sucks.

    2. Let’s test your sincerity and intellectual consistency:

      Do you have any pity for yourself agreeing to pay tribute to the King so that his privileged purveyors of violence can jet a hand job, aggress against the women go furnish the hand jobs, and jail them?

      Do you have any concern about the fruits of the labor of others being forcibly extracted so that low life badge wearing parasites can get jacked off and get violent with women who freely and voluntarily provided a service?

      1. read my post above. I am nothing but consistent and principled. Life is a bitch and it sucks.

        Should things change yes and i support those changes. Whether its by petitioning, sharing information, protesting, armed rebellion (too many pussies for that to ever happen).

        I do not have sympathy for people who made a choice and expect to not face reality.

        I sold my soul to the big green weenie once and i owned it. It fucking sucked. I hated it. But i did my time til my retirement. I didn’t quite. I didn’t do drugs to get admin seped. I did what had to be done.

      2. FYI my feelings aren’t sympathy for these people more so rage and outrage about the case.

        pity for someone making their own choices is not something i do but rage towards government abuse is more my thing. I won’t pity someone for their own choices. I do feel rage towards scumbags.

        I focus at the source of the problem. If people didn’t want hardship they shouldn’t make those choices.

        Again personal responsibility.

        For an example. I wouldn’t expect pity when cops murder me in a no knock raid after I kill 4 of them. I would expect outrage and anger about the fact police raided my house and abusing their power to kill.

        I explained how warrants should work in the US and how i would address a cop issuing a warrant.

        I fully expect to be killed when they issue a warrant because they intend to trample my rights and i wont have anything to do with it.

        1. COPY PASTE FROM OLD POST

          this and even identifying is irrelevant!!!!!
          I for one don’t care who is at my door or who walks in. You come in uninvited and i don’t personally know you…..you get killed. Police Police…..yea i dont know if your a thug or a cop or both. I am shooting until i am safe or dead.
          I fervently believe I have a natural right to verify papers and identities before cops enter my house…evidence be damned.
          You can hand me a warrant and stand outside with your hands away from your weapon.
          1.) I will read word for word the warrant
          2.) Call the judge to verify
          3.) Call the police station to verify you are cops
          4.) Call a lawyer
          5.) Let you in
          If that is not done in a civil way or any of these things are done by the cops…..
          1.) You touch your weapon
          2.) make a threat
          3.) advance into my house
          4.) rush me or do anything i consider a threat
          ….I kill every single one of you I can to ensure my safety or kill as many as i can before I die.
          We live in the US not Germany or North Korea. It is a civilized society and i have natural rights and my safety is over you fuckers.

          1. I don’t tolerate this just do as he says shit. I did that shit in the DOD for the big green weenie and I wont ever do that again.

            I am no fucking slave. I am a freeman with rights and i will protect them with my life.

      3. again i am a firm believer of this:
        “If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.”

        I do not pity people who do this because people who do this know they will face hardship and take responsibility for such hardship and expect it. They don’t cry like a 7 year old about it.

        Again this is a BS sob story when it should be people standing up against unjust laws empowering others to give the finger to tyranny.

    3. if you want it to change don’t have some boo fucking hoo story. Lobby for the change. I’ll support it.

      Psst. The boo fucking hoo stories are part of lobbying for change.

      I’ve got plenty of sympathy and pity for anyone suffering under unjust and immoral laws.

      1. I see nothing but crying in this article with no real attention to personal responsibility which constitutionalists and libertarians should all be about.

        It pretends these people never saw this coming. It is disingenuous.

        disingenuous
        not candid or sincere, *typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does.*

        1. if there spin was a group of people who said we have a right to do this and we shall protest this unjust laws and show society how bullshit this is. That would be completely different.

          It would show people knowing what they are doing is going to cause them hardship and them owning up to that hardship with principles of what is just.

          Instead it keeps spewing this bullshit victim story about omg, I am just trying to live. I never knew this would happen. Whoa is me!

          It is a BS spin that does no one any good.

  28. I’ve never done any comparison shopping on handjobs, but that price seems steep to me.

    1. Yea, where I am $120 is a bit much for a Jackshack in-and-out. For that price you can usually get an hour with an escort who will screw your brains out (maybe not the prettiest escort in the world…..).

    2. depends where you are. West coast has cheaper prices and compared to midwest or east coast.

      Cali was/is 30 for a handjob and chicago is now 40 for a handjob. 5-10 years ago it was 30 but it went up to 40. Some places try to get $50 but anyone who knows pricing will walk out.

      rubmaps.com IIRC is the site with all the AMPs in the US and a forum if you pay. I remember people from the DOD telling me about the site ages ago back in Jacksonville NC.

      BJ range from 60-120

      and sex is 100-200 depending the place,

      Remember these are tips not the house fee of 40-100 depending on the joint. All these prices are searchable from member posting on the site above.

      1. I know nothing about escorts. Never researched it but i know some people who have used them. Some Marines would use them as dates for balls *facepalm* It wasn’t allowed but no one really looked into it.

      2. tip: From what i read on reviews and heard from people in the DOD if a girl is wearing a skirt or loose easy to take off cloths it is full service but if it is a place with jeans it is not.

        1. Now i expect to be raided and trolled by staters for aiding and abetting lol

  29. I hope that brave police officer gets a fucking medal.

  30. Should have thrown in a happy ending pun for good measure.

    “For some unlucky women, wiping a cop’s semen from their massage-table may lead to an unhappy ending for them”

  31. Glad ICE is committed to cleaning up these “bad hombres” that area trying to eek out a meager living that is probably 100x better than their previous opportunities at home. I’m guessing legalized sex work will be the last domino to fall in the Puritanical Vice Crusade that has swept the US in the past half-century.

    1. more like century. It has been like this for the last 100 years.

  32. Recording of Alaskan sex trafficking investigator having sexual contact with sex trafficking victim during ‘investigation’ https://youtu.be/EWIdgoSNZWI

  33. Sex worker describes cop having sex with her: https://youtu.be/HoIRF3LHzXk

  34. Alix Lutnick researcher testifying before public safety hearing CA about youth in the sex trade reporting that POLICE are the problem as far as sexual abuse. Her testimony fell on deaf ears. Maxine Doogan of ESPLERP describes other cases involving cop and FBI agent having sex with another sex worker before arresting her.

    https://youtu.be/G5fZ1kIrhi8

    The Celeste Guap case broke the following year. Did they listen? No.

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