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Asian Sex-Slave Ring Busted In Vermont
Fox News ^ | July 23, 2004 | Fox

Posted on 07/23/2004 8:02:50 AM PDT by COUNTrecount

Asian Sex-Slave Ring Busted in Vermont

Friday, July 23, 2004

ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. — The regulars at the Park Place Tavern weren't surprised when police raided what is being described as an Asian brothel in a small house across their shared driveway.

But they were surprised when news reports linked the now-closed Tokyo Spa (search) and two other health clubs in the area to what police say is an international prostitution ring that smuggled Asian women into the United States and made them sex slaves.

"We joked about it here all the time," said Sandy Maloney, who lives in an apartment complex out back.

Maloney said she watched as older men driving expensive out-of-state sport utility vehicles visited the Tokyo Spa at all hours.

Experts in sexual slavery say the Vermont case fits the pattern of a problem that is reaching into the smallest corners of the country.

"Modern-day slavery is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world," said Derek Ellerman, co-executive director of the Washington-based Polaris Project (search), a grass-roots anti-trafficking organization.

"They have done a very good job of spreading into suburban and even rural areas," Ellerman said. "It's a market-driven criminal industry. Wherever there is demand for commercial sex the traffickers will spread to those areas."

There's an eviction notice on the door of the light gray two-story clapboard house that operated as the Tokyo Spa for about a year. The city of Burlington is moving to evict the tenants from another of the spas. At the third, the building owner insists all the activity inside was legal.

Police, though, contend the clubs were offering sexual services along with massages. During the raids earlier this month, authorities arrested eight women — five Korean and three Chinese — on federal immigration charges.

All except two have been released, said Essex police Lt. Gary L. Taylor. No state criminal charges have been filed.

Taylor refused to discuss the ongoing investigation but knew of no other organized prostitution in Vermont's history.

"It's the first time I am aware of," Taylor said.

In court documents, police say the women who worked at the spas never left. Even groceries were brought to the house.

One Korean woman told investigators she had been smuggled into the United States and had only recently arrived at the Tokyo Spa.

Court documents filed by police to get search warrants for the three businesses outline what authorities say could be a link to international organized crime and sexual slavery. Similar operations, according to the papers, are being investigated by federal authorities in New York City, New Jersey and Maine.

"The way these massage parlors or spas or health clubs work, they are really fronts for prostitution," said Linda M. Hughes of the University of Rhode Island.

Hughes, who has studied international sex trafficking for 15 years, said many of the women have been smuggled into the United States and are being held "by some sort of forced fraud or coercion."

Typically, sex rings offer to bring women into the United States for a fee. Once in the United States, the women are forced to repay the cost of their passage by working as prostitutes.

The women will give most of the money they make to the brothel owner. They are charged for rent and expenses. They can be fined for rule infractions, Hughes said.

"There are all sorts of things they do to prevent these women from getting out," Hughes said. "That may mean these women have been enslaved for 20 years."

The women are then rotated between the brothels as part of a network that has, in some cases, operated nationwide.

Asian women aren't the only ones enslaved. The Vermont case appears to be a Korean network, Ellerman said. And traffickers bring women to the United States from around the world.

Law enforcement has a new tool for fighting the international trafficking. The federal Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act (search) of 2000 defines women who were forced into prostitution as victims rather than criminals, Hughes said. The statute also offers a range of social benefits and services, including a visa to stay in the United States, for victims who agree to cooperate with the authorities.

Ellerman said the effort to get the public to recognize sexual slavery as a problem is still in its infancy.

"It's much like domestic violence was 30 years ago. It took years to [become] mainstream," Ellerman said. "We're at that beginning stage right now."

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Vermont
KEYWORDS: aliens; immigrantlist; sexslaves; vermont
Where is Howard and when did he know this ?
1 posted on 07/23/2004 8:02:51 AM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

YEEEEEEEEE-AAAHHHHHHHHHH!


2 posted on 07/23/2004 8:04:49 AM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: COUNTrecount

It just about sex, move on....


3 posted on 07/23/2004 8:06:25 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: COUNTrecount

I don't want to come off like a weirdo, but are there any pictures?

Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”

4 posted on 07/23/2004 8:06:53 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (France, because the moral compass of humanity needs a butt end.)
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To: COUNTrecount
and are being held "by some sort of forced fraud or coercion."

Sort of like the Democrats' hold on their constituents.

6 posted on 07/23/2004 8:11:21 AM PDT by rabidralph (If you can read this tagline, then stop.)
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To: COUNTrecount
The statute also offers a range of social benefits and services, including a visa to stay in the United States, for victims who agree to cooperate with the authorities.

And daily visits with Bill Clinton.

7 posted on 07/23/2004 8:12:22 AM PDT by rabidralph (If you can read this tagline, then stop.)
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To: COUNTrecount

What? In Vermont, home of socialism and purity?


8 posted on 07/23/2004 8:17:06 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: Owl_Eagle

"I don't want to come off like a weirdo, but are there any pictures?"

Think of Lucy Liu......NOT ! LMAO


9 posted on 07/23/2004 8:20:35 AM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

I just love the way they can weave "Sport Utility Vehicle" into almost any story...

Although they forgot to mention that the 'older men' were also 'white older men'


10 posted on 07/23/2004 8:21:22 AM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: eloopd1959

I'm not pro-illegal aliens, but workers from Mexico are A LOT different from kidnapped sex slaves.


11 posted on 07/23/2004 8:23:55 AM PDT by Melpomene
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To: COUNTrecount

Now I know why I have always heard people refer to Vermont as "little shanghai". ;-)


12 posted on 07/23/2004 8:25:54 AM PDT by Lockbar
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To: Melpomene

workers from Mexico are A LOT different from kidnapped sex slaves.

I agree.  I've got no use for some Mexican pushing a lawnmower.  An asian prostitute on the other hand... or am I missing the point again?

Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”

13 posted on 07/23/2004 8:28:19 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (France, because the moral compass of humanity needs a butt end.)
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To: COUNTrecount

"..older men driving expensive out-of-state sport utility vehicles visited the Tokyo Spa at all hours....."

Reason # 34 why SUV's should be banned. Without SUV's those mean 'ol men could not have gotten their little white a@@es up to Vermont and committed that dirty sin!


14 posted on 07/23/2004 8:32:00 AM PDT by TRY ONE (NUKE the unborn gay whales!)
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To: COUNTrecount
We joked about it here all the time," said Sandy Maloney - thats the same line slick used about Sandy Berger, he must hang out with these folks
15 posted on 07/23/2004 8:46:25 AM PDT by SF Republican
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To: aculeus

Why do I have visions of Asian sex slaves slithering around in maple syrup or older men eating gourmet ice cream off the women's bellies? Oh! it's Vermont.


16 posted on 07/23/2004 8:46:59 AM PDT by RicocheT
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To: COUNTrecount
Asian women aren't the only ones enslaved and we're going to Okalahoma, Texas, Minnesota and on to Washington DC eiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
17 posted on 07/23/2004 8:48:05 AM PDT by SF Republican
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To: COUNTrecount
Not only do SUV's slaughter Innocent civilians, they also lead innocent males to dens of sin. My wife will never want me to drive in one now.
18 posted on 07/23/2004 8:49:59 AM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: *immigrant_list; A Navy Vet; Lion Den Dan; Free the USA; Libertarianize the GOP; madfly; B4Ranch; ..

ping


19 posted on 07/23/2004 9:04:34 AM PDT by gubamyster
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To: RicocheT

Yikes!...in Vegas those "massage parlors" (yeah, right) are called "Rub 'n' Tugs"...eeeewww


20 posted on 07/23/2004 9:19:14 AM PDT by EX52D
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To: COUNTrecount

Fair enough, but we wish the feds were as conscientious about rounding up illegals from the Middle East.


21 posted on 07/23/2004 9:28:38 AM PDT by nightdriver
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To: COUNTrecount
"It's a market-driven criminal industry. Wherever there is demand for commercial sex the traffickers will spread to those areas."

And therein lies the problem. The clients don't give a damn how the women are being treated or whether or not they are slaves. It's all about them.

Notice the neighbors and the patrons at the nearby bar didn't much care about the women either. They "joked" about it.

Sick

22 posted on 07/23/2004 11:25:34 AM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne
Notice the neighbors and the patrons at the nearby bar didn't much care about the women either. They "joked" about it.

"They have done a very good job of spreading into suburban and even rural areas," Ellerman said. "It's a market-driven criminal industry. Wherever there is demand for commercial sex the traffickers will spread to those areas."

Makes you wonder about the sort of people who don't care about brothels in their neighborhoods, though....

23 posted on 07/23/2004 11:32:34 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: Owl_Eagle
I don't want to come off like a weirdo, but are there any pictures?

There was one frontal pic and one closeup shot.
24 posted on 07/23/2004 11:40:56 AM PDT by gitmo (Thanks, Mel. I needed that.)
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To: gubamyster

Just great. Our borders are like swiss cheese.


25 posted on 07/23/2004 12:15:41 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl ("In the Kingdom of the Deluded, the Most Outrageous Liar is King".)
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To: Lorianne

Also of note.The Johns will not be prosecuted.


26 posted on 07/23/2004 1:17:33 PM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: Owl_Eagle
Asian women aren't the only ones enslaved. The Vermont case appears to be a Korean network, Ellerman said.


"I don't understand, Dr. Bowman."

27 posted on 07/23/2004 6:36:29 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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To: Yo-Yo

How revolting.


28 posted on 07/24/2004 9:37:55 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: NewRomeTacitus
The really great news is all the female, illegal alien prostitutes will be allowed to stay in the USA and availed of gobs of "social programs" at U.S. Taxpayer's expense.

This is only a temporary situation as there are many congressmen that have stepped forward to offer these poor waifs jobs on their staffs.

It was rumored that one congressman remarked that he could hardly believe that the available space on his staff could have been any stiffer then when he heard about the plight of these poor girls, but he pledged he would put forth his best effort to get as many of them as was humanly possible on his staff as fast as he could.

>/sarcasm<

29 posted on 07/24/2004 10:28:12 AM PDT by 4Freedom (America is no longer the 'Land of Opportunity', it's the 'Land of Illegal Alien Opportunists'!!!)
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To: 4Freedom
Had ham on wry for lunch, I take it, LOL.

Actually many of these women will require treatment for STD's, some no doubt will require expensive AIDS treatments for life. I don't begrudge them that - they truly were the victims of this horror. Full measure should be taken out of the hides of those responsible.

30 posted on 07/24/2004 3:51:56 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus ($5,000 bounty on employers who knowingly hire illegals, prosecuted. - just a suggestion.)
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