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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Undercover sting leads to bust of brazen Midtown hooker operation

http://news.searchina.ne.jp/disp.cgi?y=2012&d=1023&f=national_1023_008.shtml

ニューヨークで韓国人女性の売春業者摘発、顧客にはセレブも=韓国
Y! 【社会ニュース】 【この記事に対するコメント】 2012/10/23(火) 10:26

  米ニューヨークで、韓国人女性を雇って性売買業店を4カ所で不法に運営した売春業者が地元の警察に摘発された。現地メディアが22日に明らかにしたところ、韓国の複数のメディアもこれに注目し、続々と報じた。
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  韓国メディアは、「ニューヨーク警察、韓国人雇用の売春業者を摘発」「韓国人女性を雇った大規模な売春、ニューヨークセレブも常連で波紋」などと題し、ニューヨークで韓国人女性が所属していた大規模な売春業者が警察に摘発されたと伝えた。

  ニューヨークデイリーポストは22日、ニューヨーク警察がこの店の代表ウィリアム・トーマス(42)と韓国人女性イ・ジョン(28)を売春容疑で逮捕したと報道した。

  容疑者らは「E4AKorea.com」「E4NYC.com」など2つの売春サイトを開設し、顧客を集めた。「E4AKorea」ではメイド服や女子学生の制服を着用した韓国人女性の写真を掲載し、勧誘した。このウェブサイトによると、サービス料は時間当たり260ドルにチップ100ドルなど総360ドル(約2.8万円)だった。

  これらの店は、ニューヨークに在住する有名人や韓国人などアジア系の男性をターゲットにしていた。顧客リストには有名企業と弁護士なども含まれており、名簿が公開される場合、セックススキャンダルに拡大する兆しを見せているという。

  警察は客に見せかけた捜査官が数カ月間にわたり業者を内定し、証拠を確保。11日未明に取り締まりを行い、摘発したという。

  在ニューヨーク韓国総領事館のパク・ギホ領事は「まだ具体的な内容を確認しておらず、米国当局から連絡もない。当事者が望まない場合、私たちの側に通知が来ないこともある。名前だけでは、国籍を知ることができず、逮捕された容疑者がアメリカ国籍を持つ韓国人である可能性も排除できない」と述べたという。(編集担当:李信恵・山口幸治)

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/brazen_midtown_hooker_ring_busted_v2NuXju7O1Yll6XiP5LiBM


Undercover sting leads to bust of brazen Midtown hooker operation
By JESSICA SIMEONE
Last Updated: 5:03 PM, October 22, 2012
Posted: 9:38 AM, October 22, 2012



William Thomas allegedly used 238 E. 50th Street to hook up his hookers with eager Johns.
Cops broke up a Manhattan prostitution operation that brazenly catered to Johns with a fetish for Asian women, court documents revealed today.

Fort Greene resident William Thomas, 42, was arrested and charged with promoting prostitution when he met with an overcover cop, and hooked him up with working ladies at 238 E. 50th Street, according to a Manhattan DA criminal complaint.

The bust happened on Oct. 11.Thomas posted $10,000 bail and was released on Oct. 13.

E4AKorea
One of the alleged "offers" on E4AKorea.
The undercover cop allegedly connected with Thomas through his mirrored Web sites www.E4AKorea.com and www.E4ANYC.com.

E4AKorea was still up this morning, showing off topless and scantily clad women for “Your Midtown Korean experience.” E4ANYC was shut down.

Advertised rates started at $180 for 30 minutes and went up to $300 an hour.

Women were posed in French maid and school-girl outfits. Thomas’ sites also linked to the sex-for-sale critique site, The Erotic Review — known as TER in the sex biz.

Johns posted reviews for a provider named “Olivia,” and described a screening system meant to weed out undercover cops.

Access to Thomas’ stable apparently required TER membership, a status that’s either purchased or gained by posting multiple reviews.

One reviewer from August posted: “The screening is very strict; provide proof of being a reviewer, send them an email from an account that is not one of the freebies, and then they send you a number to call. The process took me a week, but it was worth it. Olivia met me at the door. She is a total sweetheart with nice smile and cute voice.”

The undercover officer kept in touch with Thomas by email and text and “became a member of the E4AKorea private men’s club,” prosecutors said.

Thomas’ services also included overseas travel, but this probe only targeted Manhattan operations, according to the Manhattan DA.

The cop “arranged with Thomas for a session with one of the women advertised in the websites,” according to the criminal complaint.

Thomas allegedly operated brothels on Maiden Lane, East 50th Street, West 36th Street and East 58th Street, prosecutors said.

The fake John and defendant allegedly met in the cop’s car on Sixth Avenue at 36th Street when the defendant directed him to East 50th Street — a unit where Thomas pays ConEd bills, prosecutors said.

That’s where the officer was “admitted by a Korean woman” — later identified as 28-year-old Jung Lee, who allegedly said they could have sex. But a condom was required.

Another suspect, 38-year-old Rei Spain, also met with the undercover cop, who allegedly made his fetish for Japanese women known.

He was allegedly told that the Japanese women available that day wouldn’t engage in intercourse — only erotic massage.

“[The undercover officer] asked for a Japanese girl, and [Spain] said the Japanese girls don’t do full service, only massage and `happy ending’ for $100 plus $40 tip,” the complaint said.

Lee was arrested and charged with prostitution and promoting prostitution.She’s still being held at Rikers Island, according to city jail records.

Spain was arrested for promoting prostitution and was released without bail, police said.

The bust came less than a month since Manhattan Soccer Mom Madam Anna Gristina, 45, copped a plea bargain following four months in jail. She pleaded to one count of promoting prostitution.

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