[Stop-traffic] New/US: Five in LV charged in smuggling of women

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] New/US: Five in LV charged in smuggling of women
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Sep 27 2000 - 09:53:18 EDT

Five in LV charged in smuggling of women
Feds say Asian women used in prostitution
By Jace Radke
The Las Vegas Sun, September 11, 2000

Five Las Vegans were to appear before a federal judge today in connection
with an alleged nationwide prostitution smuggling operation that has been
under investigation for more than two years.

On Friday FBI and Immigration and Naturalization Service agents along with
Metro Police arrested the five, who are named in a Sept. 5 federal grand
jury indictment alleging involvement in a prostitution ring that smuggled
Asian women into the United States.

Yuk Ching Liu, 51, Dat Ming Leung, 40, Dan Chau, 25, and two others who
have yet to be fully identified were expected to make their first
appearances in court today after being indicted on charges of conspiracy to
violate federal criminal statutes.

The charges include smuggling of illegal aliens, interstate and foreign
movement of women for prostitution and money laundering.

Thirteen search warrants were executed in Las Vegas shortly after the
arrests, while related search warrants were served in New York, Los Angeles
and Minneapolis as part of the investigation known as "Operation Jade
Blade," FBI spokesman Joseph Dickey said.

The indictment alleges that the defendants would bring Asian women
illegally into the United States for a fee that was expected to be paid
through prostitution, and the women were circulated through a system of
illegal brothels across the country.
Melanie Orhant
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