A sex trafficking ring that spanned hundreds of miles from San Diego near the California/Mexican border all the way to the Central Valley town of Fresno has been uncovered, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.
The Los Angeles Times reports the arrest of five Chinese nationals is the result of a six month investigation into prostitution in nine counties.
Authorities became suspicious when they spotted ads on social media websites that they said could be traced to motels throughout Ventura county. Investigators said a further inquiry uncovered a much wider sex trafficking ring throughout the region.
Under arrest are Hsing Chieh “Jerry” Wang, 40 of Covina, who is suspected of being the mastermind. Yisen Wang, 42 is his sister and is suspected of laundering money from the sex trade. Defung Hu, 33, of San Gabriel is believed to have arranged appointments and Jiuyin Cui, 63, of Rosemead and Runan Xia, 32 of Alhambra, are accused of providing transportation for clients to the hotels.
Officers called the operation “modern-day” slavery with victims being Chinese nationals who all entered the country on work or school visas.
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