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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sisters Busted Running Sex Ring in San Francisco's Richmond District

Posted By on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 9:27 AM

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State authorities busted a family business -- one that allegedly involved pimping and pandering at brothels -- arresting two San Francisco sisters accused of running the illegal sex operation.

Qiao He,"Judy," 37, and her sister Gaineng He, 36, were taken into custody yesterday afternoon and charged with felony pimping and pandering. The family is being held at the San Francisco County Jail on $25,000 bail each. Meanwhile, the Attorney General is still investigating potential tax fraud and conspiracy violations related to the alleged crimes.

The investigation started in January when authorities got word of an alleged sex trafficking ring in the Richmond District being run by two women. Since January, investigators were able to reveal that "Johns" allegedly paid as much as $200 to have sex with their choice of one of several young Asian women at the brothels. According to the Attorney General's Office, the sisters repeatedly told undercover agents that "new girls" were brought in every Sunday.

Then on May 7, agents with the California Department of Justice, Homeland Security, and San Francisco police executed search warrants on four San Francisco locations, including 385 7th Avenue, 4719 Geary Boulevard #601, 2094 24th Avenue, and 1511 24th Avenue.

"The victims in these brothels were treated as commodities in an insidious human marketplace," Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a statement to the press. "Human trafficking is a heinous crime that destroys the lives of victims and threatens the safety of our communities."

In 2012, Harris released a report, "The State of Human Trafficking in California," which detailed just how bad human trafficking, a $32 billion global industry, is in California.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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