In Forced marriage, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 26, 2013 at 12:16 pm
MIRROR FILE PHOTO
The Blue Moon, located at 31140 Pacific Highway S., just north of South 312th Street in Federal Way. The nightclub’s entrance is an unmarked door at the back of the building.
The madam of a nationwide Korean prostitution ring headquartered in Federal Way was sentenced to prison on charges of immigration fraud.
Auburn resident Miyoung Roberts, 42, operated the Blue Moon nightclub on Pacific Highway South. On Friday, she was sentenced to two years in prison and three years of supervised release, according to U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan’s office.
Between 2009 and 2012, Roberts arranged illegal immigration for more than 24 Korean women who traveled around the United States to work at similar nightclubs. According to the attorney’s office, Roberts had “earned a reputation for being a successful room salon madam.”
Roberts also counseled the women, who served as “bar girls,” on how to avoid detection by immigration authorities. She set up apartments for the women and supervised some of the women’s prostitution activities, according to the attorney’s office.
Roberts had gained U.S. citizenship through a fake marriage, and in an attempt to arrange a fake marriage for someone else, she recruited an undercover agent who was working on the case.
Source: Federal Way Mirror
In Forced Labor, Sex Trafficking on April 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm
The government announced a package of measures aimed at stamping out the illegal private loans sector Tuesday as the number of victims of illicit private loans has increased.
Victims of the loans include a woman who borrowed 3 million won from a lender in March 2007 when she was a 21-year-old college student. She borrowed the money to pay tuition. She had to pay 350,000 won as interest in advance, and 40,000 won per day for the next three months.
As she failed to pay the money, her debts snowballed. A year later, the amount of money she had to give to the moneylender totaled as much as 15 million won.
The moneylender threatened her to pay off the debts, and finally forced her to work as a hostess at an entertainment bar to earn money needed to pay the snowballing debts.
As the lender extorted 18 million won from her just as interests, her debts did not decrease.
Source: Korea Times
This is how many women end up being trafficked from Korea into Japan and the United States.