Feds indict massage parlor for 'modern day slavery' - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Feds indict massage parlor for 'modern day slavery'

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A federal grand jury has indicted an eastern Birmingham massage parlor, its owner, and an employee on charges related to the human trafficking of women working there as prostitutes.

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, in a statement Wednesday evening to FOX6 News, announced the following indictments:

Yoshiko, LLC
Seung Hee Lee, 38, owner of the business on Parkway East
Oi Sun Ensley, 42, an employee

Each were charged with three counts of enticing an individual to travel in interstate or foreign commerce to engage in prostitution, three counts of harboring an illegal alien for private financial gain, and three counts of failing to file a factual statement about an alien.

"Human trafficking for the purposes of prostitution is a deplorable crime that amounts to modern day slavery," Vance said in the statement. "Those who prey on individuals in desperate financial or life circumstances for personal profit must be prosecuted."

Vance said according to the indictment, Yoshiko, Lee, and Ensley persuaded, induced, enticed and coerced three adult women to travel in interstate and foreign commerce to engage in prostitution between Aug. 17, 2008, and Aug. 17, 2010.

In addition, the defendants harbored the three adult women, who were illegal aliens, in a place of prostitution and for private financial gain.

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