NEWS: USA, Police Bust Calif. Sex-Slave Ring

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Jyothi Kanics---Global Survival Network (jkanics@igc.apc.org)
Wed, 18 Nov 1998 07:22:27 -0800 (PST)


Colorado Connection in Sex Slave Ring - (ARVADA) -- There's a Colorado
connection in a
multi- state sting on an Asian prostitution, sex and slavery ring. Arvada
and Westminster police
arrested three California gang members in cooperation with police from
Fresno, California.
Suspects have also been arrested in California and Oregon. Police believe
the three arrested in
Arvada are members of a gang that kidnapped, raped and tortured teenage
girls. NONE of the
three is charged with any crimes in Colorado.

Police Bust Calif. Sex-Slave Ring

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Police said Friday they broke up a sex-slave ring in
which young
Southeast Asian girls were gang-raped and forced into prostitution.

As many as 15 Hmong girls, ages 13 to 15, were raped by the Fresno-based
gang in the last year,
then kept as prostitutes for up to two months at a time, said Dennis Cooper,
commander of an
anti-gang unit.

``It was sexual brutality to a point where you break the victims' will and
make them feel hopeless,''
Cooper said. ``It wasn't willing prostitution on the part of the girls, but
sex slavery.''

Police got warrants on 18 alleged gang members before Thursday's sweep.
Eight gang members
were arrested in Fresno, Colorado and Oregon. Nine others already were in
custody after an April
gang rape. The other was still at large.

The April attack on three girls prompted the investigation, Cooper said.


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