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Subject: news: Alleged prostitution ring busted up in Long Beach
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Jan 26 1999 - 09:29:57 EST


Alleged prostitution ring busted up in Long Beach
KNBC-TV, Los Angeles (via MSNBC), January 24, 1999

LONG BEACH, Jan. 24 - Two men in Long Beach were arrested for allegedly
running a prostitution ring with illegal immigrants, including a
14-year-old girl.

One local resident says he's shocked at what was going on in his
neighborhood.

Officer explains why women agreed to work for the two suspects.

Police were acting on an anonymous tip when they raided the duplex in the
1000 block of Freeman Avenue Friday night said Long Beach police
spokesperson Karen Owens.

Three women, ages 18, 20, 23, and the teenage girl worked there as
prostitutes for the past two to three months "in exchange for
transportation across the border from Mexico," Owens said.

Immigration and Naturalization Service officials arrested Vu Tieng Phou,
32, and Kam Yean, 28, both of Long Beach.

The two will face charges of pimping and pandering, and federal charges of
smuggling and transporting a minor across the border for illegal purpose,
Owens said.

INS officials are holding the four females as witnesses during the criminal
investigation but may face deportation to Mexico "at a later time," Owens
said.

During their investigation, police also found a customer, a 25-year-old
Long Beach man, hiding naked in the closet, Owens said.

Two other "possible customers" who arrived during the investigation were
detained for questioning but have been released.

Melanie Orhant

Co-Director
Human Trafficking Program
Global Survival Network

P.O. Box 73214
Washington, DC 20009
T: 387-0028
F: 387-2590
Email: morhant@igc.org
www.globalsurvival.net


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