BOSTON - A Quincy man was sentenced late yesterday in federal court to charges that he conspired with others to entice Asian women to travel to Massachusetts for purposes of engaging in prostitution.
U.S. District Judge George A. O’Toole sentenced Dong Kai Chen, 43, to 15 months in prison to be followed by two years of supervised release. In November 2011, Chen pleaded guilty to engaging in a conspiracy to transport women in interstate travel for the purpose of prostitution.
Between August 2004 through February 2010, Chen conspired with Jing Liang Chen, Hong Wei, Darren Liu, and Yu En Jin to entice Asian women to travel to Massachusetts for 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, who generally arrived at the South Station bus terminal in Boston from New York and elsewhere around the country, were taken to various apartments throughout Massachusetts where they engaged in prostitution. Some of the women were not legally in the U.S. when they were harbored. Some of the women were forced to work in the brothels.
Liu and Jing Chen have pleaded guilty. Liu was previously sentenced to 21 months in prison while Jing Chen is scheduled to be sentenced on June 12, 2012.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Bruce Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; William P. Offord, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston; Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis; Chief Paul Keenan of the Quincy Police Department; Chief Michael Kent of the Burlington Police Department; and Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura J. Kaplan in the Organized Crime Strike Force Unit.