Federal prosecutors have announced the arrest of three individuals—Han Lee (41), James Lee (68), and Junmyung Lee (30)—accused of operating a “high-end brothel network” since 2020. The network allegedly included multiple brothels in Cambridge and Watertown, Massachusetts, as well as in Fairfax and Tysons, Virginia, near Washington, D.C. Customers reportedly included elected officials, military officers, politicians, pharmaceutical executives, doctors, government contractors with security clearances, professors, lawyers, business executives, technology company executives, scientists, accountants, retail employees, and students.
The defendants are accused of advertising the prostitution network on two websites, where appointments with women in Boston or Eastern Virginia were offered, complete with explicit details such as height, weight, and bust size, along with nude and semi-nude photographs. To access services, potential clients had to complete a verification process, providing personal details such as names, email addresses, phone numbers, and employers.
After verification and communication with the brothel via phone, the sex buyers allegedly agreed to meet at various “Target Locations,” described as high-end apartments. Prosecutors claim that the brothel’s services ranged in price from $350 to over $600 per hour.
One of the 20 people interviewed during the federal investigation provided an example of a “menu” text message sent by a number associated with one of the alleged brothel websites. The customers involved in the illegal activities have not been named, as the investigation into their actions is ongoing.
The arrest marks a significant development in dismantling the alleged interstate prostitution network, shedding light on its operations and clientele. The legal proceedings will unfold as prosecutors build their case against the accused individuals, who face charges related to organizing and running the high-end brothel network.
BREAKING: The Department of Justice reveals an ongoing investigation into politicians and military officers for their involvement in paying for sex through a high-end brothel network. pic.twitter.com/Ufoi7sg5Ac
— The General (@GeneralMCNews) November 9, 2023
#BREAKING Three arrested for allegedly operating sophisticated high-end brothels in MA and VA. Sex buyers allegedly included politicians, executives, doctors, military officers, professors, attorneys, scientists, accountants @HSINewEngland https://t.co/TvHW3R6L6B
— U.S. Attorney Massachusetts (@DMAnews1) November 8, 2023