New York police officers busted a multi-million drug and prostitution ring ahead of the Super Bowl kickoff on Feb. 2.
A Seattle Seahawks Fan visits the Super Bowl Boulevard fan zone ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII in New York [Reuters/EDUARDO MUNOZ]
CNN reported that the prostitutes were eyeing on the Super Bowl fans who will be coming in to watch the game on Sunday. The forerunners of the prostitution ring were allegedly ogling to sell party packs of drug and prostitutes to their clients. According to the authorities, the ring was laundering the illicit profits through a clothing store, a wig wholesaler, a limousine company and a beauty supply shop.
The bust came after an 11-month-long undercover operation which involved physical and electronic surveillance. The authorities reported that a text message was sent recently, mentioning that sexy and beautiful girls were in town waiting for their prospect clients. In 2013, the ring has reportedly netted $3 million in credit card transactions.
Apparently, the prospect clients would first do drugs and once they have gotten impaired, the prostitutes would start charging their credit cards. The prospect clients can be charged as much as $10,000 in one night.
The prostitutes were identified as Asians, mostly Koreans. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that the Korean prostitutes were transported to the U.S. by the ring members. Korean code words were used to conceal their illegal deed. A code name they used to describe cocaine was Soojaebi which is a Korean noodle and vegetable soup.
The forerunners of the said prostitution ring were reportedly selling their escort services to prospect clients coming from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island, Queens, and other states.
"Every two months, they would bring in a new wave of girls and they increased the importation because of the increase in demand that accompanies the Super Bowl," said Schneiderman. "This is not viewed any longer as a victimless crime," he added. Schneiderman said that they were looking at the possibility that woman were taken from their countries, extorted and detained in captivity. "This is a crime with a lot of victims," he said. "We are approaching these cases now by identifying the woman as victims, not perpetrators," Schneiderman said.
Eighteen members of the rings were reportedly already arrested while others were still being hunted down. The suspects were charged with several misdemeanor and felony offenses.