The cost of the cosmetic surgery was added to the victims’ bondage debt.
According to the indictment, the organization engaged in widespread visa fraud to facilitate the international transportation of the victims.
The house boss kept the remainder of the money earned by the victim.
The victim was not allowed to keep any money, except for the occasional tip offered by a sex buyer.
Each trafficked victim was “owned” by INTARATHONG or another boss/trafficker, until the victim could repay the bondage debt.
As a part of obtaining visa documents, members of the criminal conspiracy gathered personal information from the victims, including the location of the victims’ families in Thailand.
Paul Police Department, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office and Cook County Sheriff’s Office, with the support of the International Organized Crime Intelligence and Operations Center (IOC-2).
The District of Minnesota is one of six districts designated through a competitive, nationwide selection process as a Phase II Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team (ACTeam), through the interagency ACTeam Initiative of the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Labor. Attorneys Melinda Williams and Laura Provinzino are prosecuting the case with the assistance of the DOJ Civil Rights Division’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit.
According to the indictment, other members of the criminal organization serve as “facilitators.” These individuals were primarily responsible for laundering the criminal proceeds of the organization and for directing the movement of victims within the United States.
According to the indictment, others among the co-conspirators served as “runners.” The runners were typically men who were paid, in part, in sex with the victims.