Federal prosecutors have recently exposed a high-end brothel network operating in Greater Boston and eastern Virginia.
This sophisticated network, known for its secrecy and exclusivity, catered to a range of high-profile clients, including elected officials, doctors and military officers. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Massachusetts has announced arrests linked to this network, which conducted its operations from luxury apartments in Cambridge and Watertown, Massachusetts, as well as in eastern Virginia.
The brothel’s offerings included a selection of predominantly Asian women, providing services at these rented luxury apartments. Han Lee of Cambridge, Massachusetts; James Lee of Torrance, California; and Junmyung Lee of Dedham, Massachusetts, face charges related to prostitution offenses. While the identities of the clients remain undisclosed, authorities have indicated that they span a wide range of professions. The ongoing investigation promises to reveal further details.
Authorities have uncovered that the network advertised women for commercial sex on at least two different websites, disguising these activities as professional nude photo shoots. The women involved, mostly of Asian descent, are currently under investigation to ascertain their origins.
U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Joshua Levy commented on the nature of the ring.
“This commercial sex ring was built on secrecy and exclusivity, catering to a wealthy and well-connected clientele, and business was booming until today,” he said. He further detailed the operation, noting, “Sometimes it rates between $350 and $600 an hour. The menu included photographs of the various women who were available that day. The defendants then directed the sex buyers to various apartments in Watertown and Cambridge in Virginia where they engaged in commercial sex. According to the charging documents, the buyers who made up this ring hail from an array of professions.”
“They are doctors, they are lawyers, they are accountants, they are elected officials, they are executives at high-tech companies and pharmaceutical companies, they are military officers, government contractors, professors, scientists. Pick a profession they are probably represented in this case,” Levy added.
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