Quincy Man Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To Transport Women In Interstate Travel For The Purpose Of Prostitution
BOSTON - JING LIANG CHEN, 31, today pleaded guilty to engaging in a conspiracy to transport women in interstate travel for the purpose of prostitution, forced labor, and harboring aliens.
Chen faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for conspiracy and inducing travel for prostitution, 20 years on each of the two forced labor charges and 10 years on each of the two charges of harboring aliens. He will be sentenced by Judge George O’Toole on Mar. 7, 2012, at 2 p.m.
At the plea hearing, Chen admitted that from August of 2004 through March of 2010, he conspired with co-defendant Hong Wei to entice Asian women to travel to Massachusetts for purposes of engaging in prostitution. Chen and Wei were indicted in March 2010 along with co-defendants Darren Liu, Yu En Jin, and Don Kai Chen. The conspiracy involved the use of advertising in various newspapers in New York, California, Massachusetts, and elsewhere, seeking the services of Asian women to work in the defendants’ brothels. The women, who generally arrived at the South Station bus terminal in Boston from New York and elsewhere around the country, were transported by the defendants to various apartments throughout Massachusetts where they then engaged in prostitution. Some of the women were not legally in the United States when they were harbored. Some of the women were forced to work in the brothels.
Liu previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy, and was sentenced last week to 21 months in prison to be followed by two years of supervised release. Dong Kai Chen is scheduled to plead guilty on Nov. 30.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; William P. Offord, Special Agent in Charge of Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation - Boston Field Division; Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis; Quincy Police Chief Paul Keenan; Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson; and Burlington Police Chief Michael Kent made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura J. Kaplan in the Organized Crime Strike Force Unit.
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