“We have a plague of human trafficking in New York .” AG

SEX RING BUSTED AHEAD OF BIG GAME

NYC gang offered drug/sex ‘party packs’

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — New York law en­forcement authorities cracked down Thursday on a prostitution ring that they said advertised on public access cable TV, took credit cards and used text messages to market “party packs” of cocaine and sex to clients.

Eleven people were under ar­rest Thursday, including a Long Is­land woman who authorities said went by the code-name “Beige” and was the primary ringleader. Seven more suspects were being sought.

New York Attorney General Er­ic Schneiderman said the gang had been under surveillance for 11 months, but authorities decided to act now in the hope of disrupting any parties that might have been in the works for the upcoming Super Bowl weekend.

At a midday news conference, Schneiderman held up a credit card reader that he said had been used by the gang, and said investigators had so far identified $3 million worth of charges processed in con­nection with sex and drug sales.

“Keep in mind that most johns pay cash,” Schneiderman said. “So that’s a staggering number for an enterprise like this.”

Authorities said records showed that the ring set up phony clothing, wig, beauty supply and limousine businesses to disguise payments and launder money.

Many of the people involved with the organization were Asian immigrants, authorities said. In some intercepted conversations, the suspects used “Soojaebi,” a Ko­rean noodle and vegetable soup, as a code-word for cocaine.

Schneiderman said investiga­tors didn’t have a lot of information on the sex workers involved in the operation, because women cycled in and out, but he said that authori­ties considered the women to be ex­ploited “victims,” and said only the managers of the ring would face charges.

The ring marketed its women in racy TV commercials that aired on late-night, adult-oriented cable ac­cess television programs, authori­ties said.

One recent advertisement for the “Asian Wave” escort service featured a naked woman writhing on a bed, while an announcer prom­ised that the service’s escorts were “always a treat, and always fast to your door.” The ring also advertised on the Internet and communicated with repeat customers by text message, authorities said, including one sent last week boasting that the service had just “updated our girls.”

“New sexy & beautiful girls R in town waiting for u,” it said.

The attorney general’s office said that after some clients were impaired by drugs, the ring would add extra charges to their credit cards, at least once exceeding $10,000 for one night.

The woman authorities identi­fied as “Beige” was named in court papers as Hyun Ok Yoonung, or Hy­un Ok Yoon, of Woodbury, N.Y. The name of her lawyer wasn’t immedi­ately available. A phone listed at her Woodbury address rang busy in several attempts.

“We have a plague of human trafficking in New York,” Schnei­derman said.

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, left, listens as New York City Police Chief Philip Banks describes a chart during a news conference Thursday. Police were rounding up 18 people in New York City on Thursday on allegations they sold “party packs” of cocaine and sex to high-end clients. ASSOCIATED PRESS

“We have a plague of human trafficking in New York .”

ERIC SCHNEIDERMAN

state attorney general

 

Author: a12iggymom

Conservative - Christian - Patriot

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