Suspects in Oregon named in indictment for nationwide brothel sting operation
PORTLAND, Ore. – Six people were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in Oregon, accused of running a massive sex trafficking organization across the United States, Canada, and Australia.
Authorities in cities across the nation worked in a coordinated sting operation. Investigators say the suspects used hundreds of different website domains to advertise “scantily-clad Asian women under the guise of being ‘escorts,’” that were actually ads for prostitution.
According to the indictment, the group was well organized and even had a "dispatch" call center to set up the illegal encounters. Investigators also allege that they had several properties in the Portland metro area that were set up as “brothels” for “ acts of prostitution.”
Authorities say most of the victims were from China, and ended up thousands of miles away from connections that could have helped them escape.
The suspects were identified as Zongtao Chen (a.k.a. Mark Chen), 46, of Toronto, Canada; Weixuan Zhou (a.k.a. Marco Zhou), 37, of Guangzhou, China; Yan Wang (a.k.a. Sarah Wang), 33, of Temecula, California; Chaodan Wang, 32, of Beaverton, Oregon; and Ting Fu, 35, of Beaverton, Oregon. They all face charges of conspiracy and use of interstate facilities to promote, manage, establish, carry on or facilitate a racketeering enterprise.
Hui Ling Sun, 40 of Portland, Oregon, was named in a separate indictment and charged with using interstate facilities to promote, manage, establish, carry on or facilitate a racketeering enterprise.