Comments Five Chinese citizens are in custody in the South Bay, charged with running an international smuggling ring that brought Asian women to residential neighborhoods to work as massage parlor prostitutes. The alleged half-million-dollar enterprise shuffled Taiwanese, mainland Chinese and Korean women among 10 massage parlors that men visited for sex in San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale and San Mateo, according to federal and state investigators who spent a year working undercover on the "Operation Bad Neighbor" case.
The brothels operated out of homes and were called "day houses," because the women were moved every 10 days to avoid detection. Customers found the homes through word of mouth and Internet.
After Wednesday's raid, officials took 31 women to safe houses, where they are being interviewed to determine if they came to California willingly or were trafficked -- forced, defrauded or coerced into serving as sex slaves. The women range in age from 19 to Victims of human trafficking can testify against their abusers in exchange for visas that will allow them to stay in the United States for three years plus receive monthly benefits, housing and job assistance. Those who refuse to testify or who say they came to the United States to work as prostitutes are deported.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Sometimes the criminal brokers coach the women to say that to protect themselves. Other times they threaten to harm the woman's family if she testifies," he said.
The South Bay bust comes just four months after federal and local law enforcement officers in Los Angeles and San Francisco arrested 45 people accused of running a sex smuggling ring that supplied hundreds of South Korean women to massage parlors throughout the state. It's incredibly lucrative.
The caller said the women in the homes had to perform sex acts to work off debts their traffickers charged for bringing them to America, according to court documents. Most Popular.