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Human Trafficking | An illegal immigrant pleads guilty to running a "doumi girl" service in Annandale
by Chelsea Rankin
Posted 6/18/11, 08:03 pm

Human rights activists report that Northern Virginia is a hotspot for human trafficking, and in the latest example to reach the courts a Fairfax man pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria last Tuesday to harboring illegal aliens from Korea who served as "doumi girls" to flirt with male customers and pour drinks at karaoke clubs.

Thirty-seven-year-old Taesan Won, who is himself in the country illegally, faces up to 10 years in prison.

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Traffic jam

Trafficking | A national report aims to gridlock the domestic sex trafficking of children in Las Vegas and across the country
by Mark Bergin
Posted 6/12/09, 12:00 am

Former congresswoman Linda Smith knows how to tell a story. And when that story weaves through the lives of victimized children, her narrative skill quickens all the more. An underlying force of rage and horror pierces the pages of Smith's forthcoming book, Renting Lacy. In it, she compresses 12 years of accrued knowledge on domestic sex trafficking into riveting accounts of the girls, the pimps, and the johns that make up this silent industry.

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Buyers marked

Trafficking | For the first time since its passing in 2000, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act has been used to charge "johns"
by Mark Bergin
Posted 3/10/09, 12:00 am

Federal investigators working to undermine sex trafficking across the country have long targeted pimps and prostitutes in their prosecutions, overlooking the purchasers of sex for reasons of efficiency. That may be changing. John F. Wood, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, has filed charges against three buyers under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, a federal statute carrying heavy penalties. The move represents the first time since the statute's passing in 2000 that federal authorities have used it to try "johns."

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