Score:   1
Docket Number:   ND-TX  3:18-cr-00595
Case Name:   USA v. Kim
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Brothel owner Helen Kim pleaded guilty today to a racketeering charge, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox.

Ms. Kim, 59, was apprehended by law enforcement in November, after a sting operation at a Dallas hotel liberated a number of foreign-born commercial sex workers.  

She pleaded guilty Thursday morning to one count of use of a facility of interstate commerce in aid of a racketeering enterprise involving prostitution before Magistrate Judge Renee Toliver.  

“I am proud that our law enforcement partners poured significant resources into this sting operation in order to liberate the numerous women that Ms. Kim sold for sex,” said U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox. “We were determined to hold her accountable for her willingness to demean other women for financial gain.” 

In plea papers, Ms. Kim – the owner of brothels “Pink One” and “Illusion Spa” – admitted that she agreed to take more than $40,00 in exchange for providing illicit sex services to a group of out of town “businessmen” partying at a local hotel.

Those “businessmen” were in fact undercover law enforcement. More than 50 officers from the Dallas Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and Homeland Security Investigations participated in the Nov. 1 undercover operation, which involved agents posing as businessmen posted at the hotel bar and in rooms upstairs.

According to an indictment returned in November, Ms. Kim and her 36-year-old son had previously negotiated the businessmen’s private sexual liaisons with 20 to 25 women at a rate of $2,000 each, for a total of at least $40,000. The pair promised the “girlfriend experience,” and even allowed an undercover detective to meet several of the women at a local Sushi bar.

“The way this is set up,” her son allegedly told the undercover officer, “it could be considered human trafficking.”

In her plea papers, Ms. Kim admitted that she employed more than 10 commercial sex workers at her two brothels. Many of the women lived at the establishments, in order to cater to customers at all times of the day and night, she acknowledged.

Ms. Kim now faces up to five years in federal prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ryan Raybould and Cara Foos Pierce are prosecuting the case.

Following a sting operation at a Dallas hotel earlier this month, law enforcement liberated dozens of women sold for sex, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox. This week, a federal grand jury indicted Helen Kim – the alleged proprietor of the prostitution ring – on racketeering charges.  

“It takes a lot of coordination to ensure an operation like this goes without a hitch. I’m proud of the way law enforcement came together to fight for these young women,” said Nealy Cox. “The defendant’s willingness to demean women for financial gain is sickening. We cannot and will not allow this type of behavior to go unchecked in North Texas.”

More than 50 officers from the Dallas Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and Homeland Security Investigations participated in the Nov. 1 undercover operation. Agents, posted at the hotel bar and in rooms upstairs, posed as out-of-town businessmen prepared to pay for illicit sex.

According to the indictment, Ms. Kim, 58, had agreed to provide dozens of women for that very purpose.

In earlier conversations with a confidential informant and an undercover Dallas Police Department detective, Ms. Kim and her 36-year-old son allegedly negotiated private sexual liaisons with 20 to 25 women at a rate of $2,000 each, for a total of at least $40,000. The pair promised the “girlfriend experience,” and even allowed the CI and UD to meet several of the women at a local Sushi bar.

During another meeting at a nearby Starbucks, Ms. Kim allegedly accepted an upfront payment of $5,000. She insisted the men should not talk publicly about the affair. 

“The way this is set up,” her son told the undercover officer, “it could be considered human trafficking.”

At the Nov. 1 sting, Ms. Kim accepted the remainder of the cash, paid in marked bills, and was taken into custody shortly thereafter. Several of the women in her employ were taken to Mosaic House, a local shelter for women fleeing human trafficking. Many had been living at her purported “spas,” Pink One and Illusion, impelled to cater to customers at all times of the day and night. 

If convicted, Kim faces up to five years in federal prison. Prosecutors have seized assets from her home and massage parlors. 

An Indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ryan Raybould and Cara Foos Pierce are prosecuting the case.

At the Nov. 1 sting, Ms. Kim accepted the remainder of the cash, paid in marked bills, and was taken into custody shortly thereafter. Several of the women in her employ were taken to Mosaic House, a local shelter for women fleeing human trafficking. Many had been living at her purported “spas,” Pink One and Illusion, impelled to cater to customers at all times of the day and night. 

If convicted, Kim faces up to five years in federal prison. Prosecutors have seized assets from her home and massage parlors. 

An Indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ryan Raybould and Cara Foos Pierce are prosecuting the case.

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Magistrate Docket Number:   ND-TX  3:18-mj-00715
Case Name:   USA v. Kim et al
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Data imported from FJC Integrated Database
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