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Korean ran escort service with illegals

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 7, 2011

An illegal Korean immigrant pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria to running a call girl service supplied with female illegal immigrants he stashed in his Northern Virginia apartment.

Taesan Won, 37, now faces deportation and a maximum 10 years in prison with a $250,000 fine, under the terms of pretrial deal reached with federal prosecutors. Won faces sentencing Sept. 2.

According to court documents, Won ran a "doumi" business in Fairfax and elsewhere across Northern Virginia from this past October until March 31, providing "female companionship" to men at such establishments as bars and karaoke clubs "in the context of nightlife within the Korean community," according the eight-page court statement of facts.

The women "sing and dance, flirt with, entertain and pour drinks for the customer," the documents state.

Bar owners and other customers would call phone numbers listed in weekly ads in Korean newspapers and online sites, court records state.

They would typically call at about 7 p.m. to request doumi women. Won would then take them to the location, including one karaoke club identified as "Norebang."

Won ran the business, known as Honey, from his residence on Gallows Road in Fairfax and employed roughly three to six women at any time. The Korean women would typically work for two months, then switch to another doumi company or move out of state.

Prosecutors say the women were initially recruited from South Korea through a website advertisement and other women learned of the business by word of mouth.

Won picked up at least four Korean women from Washington Dulles International Airport.

They often worked at Honey and another doumi business, called A-Plus, which was run by Won and an unnamed co-conspirator.

Won and the co-conspirator also established a "sook-so" or "housing dormitory" for some of the women in the Lafayette Forest community of Annandale, charging about $100 per week for rent.

The men typically paid $70 an hour, with $50 going to the women and $20 going to the company.

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