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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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APRIL 24, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


HUMAN TRAFFICKING INITIATIVE


MASSAGE PARLOR OWNER PLEADS GUILTY

TO COERCING PROSTITUTION


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that the owner of an Olathe, Kan., massage parlor pleaded guilty in federal court today to inducing persons to travel across state lines and national borders to engage in prostitution and illegal sexual services.


             Hongmei Madole, also known as Hongmei Zhou, 32, of Olathe, Kan., waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando Gaitan this morning to the charge contained in a federal information. Madole, the owner of Asian Touch Massage in Olathe, is a native of China who is a conditional resident alien in the United States based upon marriage to a U.S. citizen.


             Madole admitted that, between Nov. 1, 2005, and May 10, 2007, she recruited female Asian women to travel to the Kansas City area to work as masseuses at Asian Touch Massage. Madole facilitated the women’s travel by, among other things, booking and purchasing the flights for the women. Madole would fly the women in to Kansas City International Airport and then transport or have them transported to her business in Olathe.


             Madole placed advertisements in the Kansas City publication, The Pitch, where she stated that “full body massages, table showers, saunas, and the best Asian female staff” were available at Asian Touch Massage. The female Asians who worked for Madole worked from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week and lived inside the massage parlor. Madole operated surveillance cameras inside the massage parlor to monitor her female Asian workers. Inside Asian Touch Massage, Madole had her female Asian workers perform sexual services on male patrons in exchange for money.


            Under federal statutes, Madole could be subject to a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia L. Cordes. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the police departments of Overland Park, Kan., Olathe, Kan., Mission, Kan., Lenexa, Kan., and Independence, Mo., and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.


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