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Feds: 6 arrested in 4-state prostitution ring

SEATTLE — Federal prosecutors in Seattle say six people have been arrested
in a four-state prostitution ring that exploited women who emigrated from

The investigation began with a tip about a Kirkland apartment complex. The U.S.
attorney’s office said Monday the conspirators advertised Asian women for
massage services on, and that they rented apartments in Bellevue
and Kirkland, Wash.; Scottsdale, Ariz.; Chicago; and Falls Church, Va., to use
as brothels.

Prosecutors say most of the women were recruited in Thailand, and many had
overstayed their visas in the U.S. They owed as much as $60,000 in smuggling
debts to the woman accused of leading the scheme, 34-year-old Unruean Aboulafia
of Bellevue.

Aboulafia’s lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Prosecutors say most of the women came to the U.S. knowing they would be sex
workers to pay off their debts.


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