Authorities release new details on the Milpitas couple who ran the South Bay brothel network – CBS San Francisco
SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office on Friday released new details regarding the recent arrest of a tech businessman and his wife accused of running an international network of brothels in South Bay.
A press release issued by Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said the couple were involved in the human trafficking of dozens of women from China, South Korea and Eastern Europe. ‘Is.
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The couple, David Davies, 57, and Larong Hu, 38, both from Milpitas, were arrested on Wednesday. According to the district attorney’s office, they have managed at least six brothels in nondescript apartments in San Jose and Milpitas. The couple rotated more than 100 sex workers through their operation before sending the women to other U.S. cities to continue their usually poorly paid illegal work.
The couple face charges of human trafficking, pimping and pimping, and money laundering. They are due to be brought to justice on Friday afternoon at the San José Courthouse.
The couple are being held on $ 350,000 bail, police said.
“People do not have the right to treat others like beasts of burden,” Rosen said in the statement. “This county will spare no effort to track down those who exploit others for profit and prosecute them with all the force of the law.”
The Milpitas Police Department, the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Services, and the DA Bureau of Investigations have uncovered the human trafficking sites. There were six locations in total with three each in Milpitas and San Jose.
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According to the DA, the men visited the apartments in 30-minute and 1-hour increments. Investigators later found prophylactics and other sex work aids in the rented rooms. When the sex workers were interviewed, they told authorities they would often serve 10 to 15 men a day. The men found them advertised online and paid Hu through Venmo and PayPal.
Women who worked in brothels were not allowed to leave for days, with their passports often taken away to prevent them from leaving. They were also forced to pay for their own food and daily necessities. A woman told investigators she was there to earn money to pay for her mother’s cancer treatment.
Police said six women were rescued and nearly $ 2 million was seized.
The rescued sex workers were offered a variety of victim services through the Human Trafficking Unit’s Community Solutions, in conjunction with the Prosecutor’s Victim Services Unit.
“The Human Operations Unit of the DA office strives to continue to occupy a
leadership role in rooting out these dens of sexual slavery operating in plain sight, ”the statement concluded.
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Anyone who is or knows someone who is a victim of human trafficking should call 911 or contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline by calling 888-373-7888 or texting 233733.