Boston - A New York man pleaded guilty today to charges relating to human trafficking.
Hong Wei, 38, pleaded guilty to engaging in a conspiracy to transport women in interstate travel for the purpose of prostitution, forced labor, harboring aliens and interstate travel in aid of racketeering. Sentencing is scheduled for March 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
From August 2004 through February 2010, defendant Hong Wei, a/k/a “Ms. Chen,” along with co-defendants Jing Liang Chen, a/k/a “Mike,” 30 , of Quincy, Mass.; Xiang Hua Zhang, a/k/a “Darren,” 27, of Flushing, N.Y.; Yuen Jin, a/k/a “Eric,” 26, of Quincy, Mass.; and Dong Kai Chen, 44, of Quincy, Mass., engaged in a conspiracy to entice Asian women to travel to Massachusetts for the purpose of engaging in prostitution. 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 generally arrived at South Station in Boston from New York and elsewhere around the country and were thereafter 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 in the brothels.
Wei faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison on the charges of conspiracy, inducing travel for prostitution and interstate travel in aid of racketeering; 20 years on the forced labor charges and ten years on the charges of harboring aliens.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; William P. Offord, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives Boston Field Division; Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis; Chief Paul Keenan of the Quincy Police Department; Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson of the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office; and Chief Michael Kent of the Burlington Police Department, made the announcement today. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura J. Kaplan in the Organized Crime Strike Force Unit.