Six people have now been sentenced in U. District Court in Seattle for their roles in an organized crime ring involved with prostitution, announced U. Attorney Annette L. At her sentencing hearing, U. District Judge Thomas S. According to records in the case, federal and local law enforcement partners worked tly to investigate a criminal ring making hundreds of thousands of dollars through the prostitution of Asian sex workers. Law enforcement determined that multiple locations were linked to the organization via placed with websites such as Back.
The investigation revealed that the same internet protocol IP addresses were used for placing many of theand phone s associated with the were linked as well — in some instances to call centers located in New York and Washington, D. In other cases, the law enforcement agencies followed up on citizen complaints about apartments being operated as prostitution locations and confirmed that the organization was in fact conducting prostitution in those locations.
Other defendants played different roles — renting apartments, transporting sex workers to various locations, purchasing supplies, collecting money from the sex workers, and placing. Other locations where the ring operated include eastern Washington cities such as Richland, Kennewick, Wenatchee, and Spokane.
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