Federal prosecutors have uncovered a high-end brothel network in Greater Boston and eastern Virginia, frequented by high-profile clients from various professions.
The network operated out of luxury apartments and offered predominantly Asian women and services.
Three individuals have been charged with prostitution-related offenses. (Trending: Eight Republicans Who Shamefully Sided With Democrats Over Impeachment)
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Authorities have not disclosed client identities but noted a wide range of professions were involved.
“The brothel offered a menu of predominantly Asian women and services for meet-ups at these rented luxury apartments,” the report found.
“The network was described as being built on secrecy and exclusivity. Three individuals, Han Lee of Cambridge, Massachusetts; James Lee of Torrance, California; and Junmyung Lee of Dedham, Massachusetts, have been charged with prostitution-related offenses.”
“This commercial sex ring was built on secrecy and exclusivity, catering to a wealthy and well-connected clientele, and business was booming until today,” said U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Joshua Levy.
“Sometimes it rates between $350 and $600 an hour. The menu included photographs of the various women who were available that day. The defendants then directed the sex buyers to various apartments in Watertown and Cambridge in Virginia where they engaged in commercial sex. According to the charging documents, the buyers who made up this ring hail from an array of professions.”
“They are doctors, they are lawyers, they are accountants, they are elected officials, they are executives at high-tech companies and pharmaceutical companies, they are military officers, government contractors, professors, scientists. Pick a profession they are probably represented in this case.”
The investigation is ongoing, aiming to identify more clients.