Trafficking Tie Eyed To Brothel Bust

June 8 Queens Tribune
last week's arrest of five alleged prostitutes could turn out to be more than just a brothel - but a case of human trafficking.

According to sources in the Queens’ Vice Detective Squad, the corner house located at 151-04 Bayside Ave. had been rented and used by a prostitution ring for the past month,
where Korean women with little or no English proficiency were selling their bodies for sexual returns.

Among those who were arrested are, Soonhu Park, 57, who is believed to be the madam, along with and Yinsi Pial, 27, Sunwoo Lee, 27, Jenny Lee, 31, and Sunhee Choi, 36, who were all charged with prostitution.

Deputy fatally shoots man on Interstate 5

Wednesday, June 7, 2006
Sheriff's spokesman John Urquhart said the man, whose family said had a history of mental illness,
jumped out of the car and attacked the deputy,
biting and struggling, even ripping the cord of the deputy's portable microphone before returning to his car.
At some point, the deputy shot and killed Jo while he was inside the car.

Pedro Jo was born to Korean parents and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He and his family moved to the United States in 1996.

US refuses visas for S.Korean trade protesters

More than 150 South Korean anti-free trade protesters who staged violent rallies in the past have been refused visas to enter the United States next week, an activist said on Wednesday.
Only about 50 members of a coalition of unionists, farm activists, and students will take part in rallies in Washington that will start on June 4
to coincide with the first round of free trade talks between South Korea and the United States.
South Korean protesters have a reputation for unruly and violent protests,
clashing with police over issues from labor disputes to the opening of their country's rice market.

S.Korean member of fake credit card racket nabbed

A South Korean, who allegedly attempted to purchase expensive wrist-watches from a five-star hotel here, using a fake international credit card, was arrested today, police said.
Police said that the Korean identified as Kim Che Chi (32) and the other two had come to Chennai last week from Bangalore and were staying in the hotel.
Chi used a fake credit card to purchase the watches from the hotel. On suspicion, the staff of the hotel intimated the concerned bank, who conducted a surprise check and found the card to be forged.
An inquiry revealed that Chi had used a similar modus operandi in another five-star hotel here a few days ago, for an identical purchase, police said.
Monday, May 29, 2006

Rowdy Man On Chicago-Bound Plane Faces Charges

May 20, 2006
A Korean man was charged Friday with interfering with a flight attendant’s duties when flying from Japan to the United States Thursday.
In Ki Kim, 37, was named in a criminal complaint charging him with one count of disturbance.

On May 18, Kim left Soul, South Korea, on a flight destined for Toyko, Japan.
After arriving in Japan, Kim boarded Japan Airlines Flight 10 bound for Chicago, according to the complaint.

During the flight to Chicago, Kim had about nine alcoholic beverages and he became increasingly loud and disruptive, the complaint alleged.
A flight attendant informed him that he could not have any more alcoholic beverages, after which he began yelling and singing, according to the complaint.
Flight attendants made numerous attempts to quite him down, but Kim refused to comply, the complaint said.
A flight attendant gave Kim a note written in Korean that gave a final warning stating that if he would not behave, airline personnel could physically restrain him.
After Kim ripped up the note and threw it to the ground, a passenger informed a flight attendant
that he had seen Kim with a round metal piece that had a metal rod going through the center of it, the complaint alleged.
A flight attendant went to Kim’s carry-on bag and took the metal piece out so it could not be used as a weapon, after which Kim started throwing items out of his bag and into the air.
A flight attendant subsequently spoke with the flight’s captain and asked if they could physically restrain Kim, to which the captain agreed to the idea.
Kim was secured to his chair by plastic zip handcuffs.
Prior to being handcuffed, Kim ripped off his shirt, according to the complaint.

Robber gives victim a shoulder massage

A man has been arrested on suspicion of breaking into a woman's apartment in Tokyo and robbing her of cash and a bank card,
after tying her up and giving her several hours of shoulder massage, police said Friday.

Lee Jin Se, a 29-year-old South Korean,
was arrested Wednesday for breaking into the apartment in Shibuya Ward at around 5am on January 30, according to the police.
He was quoted as telling the police he remained in the woman's apartment and gave her massage "hoping to get her relaxed".

He is alleged to have tied her limbs with tape, stolen about 210,000 yen ($A2,460) in cash and a cash card,
and withdrawn 980,000 yen ($A11,484) from automated teller machines at two places later that day.

Lee, a resident of Tokyo's Meguro Ward,
admitted to the charges, the police said,
adding he may have remained in her apartment until the banks opened their doors for their ATMs.
The woman lives alone, according to the police.

Theology Student Held in Killing of Husband

A judge in Fullerton set bail at $1 million Thursday for a former theology student
who claimed she accidentally stabbed her husband when the kitchen knife she was holding plunged into his chest as he hugged her.

An Anaheim theology student who claimed she accidentally stabbed her husband when the kitchen knife she was holding
plunged into his chest as he hugged her is scheduled to be arraigned on a murder charge on Thursday.

Jee Hyun Song, 28, was arrested and charged after the death of Dong Uk Kim, 24.
He died of his stab wound last Nov. 10.

Song was arrested shortly after Kim's death but was then released while the investigation continued.
She was re-arrested at her parents' La Crescenta home on Tuesday.
She had dropped out of the Bethesda Christian University in Anaheim, said Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy.

Gundy said Song had come to the United States from Korea to study at the religious theology school, where she met her husband.
They were married about a year at the time of his death.


Vol 19 - Issue 19 - May 10-16, 2006

Suddenly, halfway down the street I hear what sounds like crunk-meets-j-pop leaking from a car up ahead.
As I get closer, I see them. Seven Korean 20-somethings dressed in a mash-up of Mafioso a la Gap attire glaring at me as though I had wandered into the wrong part of town.
One of them yelled something at my back, which, due to hangover ears or language barrier, I was unable to understand.
But the content of the retort was clear?watch it, smart-ass.

The next day I stopped by the local Korean-owned cafe I frequented and told the story to the owner, one of the locals who I'd befriended during my time there.
This was my introduction to the name Korean Power, or K.P. According to my friend, I had narrowly missed having an unfortunate accident at the hands of K.P.,
one of the East Coast’s most notorious Asian street gangs.
Apparently, Korea Town, and K.P. are far more real than many New Yorkers know.
One of the rare high-profile K.P. incidents occurred in 1993 when five members of K.P. were arrested in an apartment at 50 West 34th Street
and charged with extorting hundreds of Korean owners of restaurants, shops and karaoke bars for about $250 a week at each location.
As recently as March of this year, authorities arrested Gina Kim and Geeho Chae for running an underground Korean prostitution ring.
The surprise piece of the puzzle was the arrest of police officers Dennis Kim and Jerry Svoronos for allegedly assisting the illegal venture.

Koreans fume over crackdown at Vancouver Airport

Wed, May 10 2006
Immigration Canada is reportedly increasing its checks on flights originating from Korea in a bid to stop human smugglers from using the Vancouver International Airport as a transit point.
The intensified passport checks on Koreans arriving in Canada has incensed the local Korean community and raised the ire of Korean airlines.
At Vancouver International Airport, Korean travellers are rejected on a daily basis during their interviews by immigration officials, according to Choi Jang-sun, head of Korean Air's branch in Vancouver,
a popular destination for Korean immigrants and tourists.
"At least one person on every flight from Incheon International Airport has to return to Incheon,’’ Choi said in a report published by Yonhap news agency.
The authorities in Vancouver rejected and returned 481 Koreans last year, according to Korean Consul-General Lee Hwang-ro.
"What immigration is saying is that they’re returning Koreans because these travellers are telling lies.
"This is a multicultural country. This is a free country. Anybody should be able to visit Canada," said Kwon.
In Vancouver, the rejection rate involving Koreans has increased every year from 247 in 2001 to 388 in 2003 and 481 last year.
Senior Special Agent David Lindwall of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a recent court case involving a Korean human smuggling operation said
that instances of Koreans being smuggled into Washington State from B.C. have spiked since 1994.
That’s when Canada eliminated tourist visa requirements for Koreans pursuant to a treaty between the two countries.
Less than a year after ratification of the treaty, Border Patrol agents stationed at Blaine, Lynden and Sumas began encountering vehicles laden with undocumented Korean nationals, Lindwall said in the court papers

Sangoon Lee

Two internet predators living in the Columbia area have pleaded guilty to the charges against them.
Sanghoon Lee, 29, plead guilty Thursday to one count of criminal solicitation of a minor.
Lee asked for sex from a person he thought was a 14-year-old girl back in July of 2005 while he was living in Cayce.
It turns out that person was actually an Aiken County deputy working undercover. Lee eventually went to a meeting which the officer had set up and was arrested.
Lee was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, suspended to five years probation.
Since Lee is a South Korean citizen here on a student visa, he was ordered back to his country as a condition of his probabtion.

Non-Hispanics Part of Immigration Debate

By PETER PRENGAMAN The Associated Press Sunday, April 16, 2006

"In the Latino community, people come here illegally for jobs," said H. Chang,
a 23-year-old Korean college student who asked her full name not be used because her parents are living in Los Angeles illegally.
"For us, a whole family comes here for a student, and many stay illegally."

During last Monday's nationwide rallies, dozens of Haitians, Filipinos, Indians and others participated in New York.
A Korean drum band lead about 7,000 demonstrators through the streets of Los Angeles

That hasn't persuaded J. Park, a 17-year-old illegal immigrant from Korea,
to join the movement. He fears authorities could learn about his immigration status if he demonstrates.
"I don't want that to be known," said Park, who asked that his full name not be used.
"Going back to Korea is not an option."

Trail of Violence

On March 18, Young Lee, 31, was found dead in her apartment on Reno Street in Koreatown.
A week earlier, Lee filed a report with LAPD’s Wilshire Division claiming that she had been raped by someone who then left her threatening messages.
On March 25, Hae Eo, 34, an alleged narcotics dealer, had a standoff with LAPD SWAT officers at his residence on Crenshaw Boulevard.
A caller told police that Eo had pistol-whipped a business associate.
After five hours, SWAT officers shot tear gas into the home and took Eo into custody.
On March 25, 50-year-old Mi Sook Kim shot her 49-year-old boyfriend,
Hyung Dong Cho, three times in the chest before turning the gun on herself.
On March 26, the SWAT detail was called to the 700 block of South Manhattan Place after a 911 call from a woman claiming her husband beat her.
On April 2, Dae Kwon Yun, distraught over his failing T-shirt and tank-top manufacturing business and the breakup with his wife,
climbed into his Toyota Sequoia and set it on fire, killing his two children, Ashley, 11, and Alexander, 10.
On April 8, 40-year-old Bong Joo Lee told his ex-wife that he was taking their 5-year-old daughter, Iris, out for dinner.
When father and daughter didn’t return, his ex-wife and her relatives took a drive to his upper-middle-class neighborhood in Fontana,
where they found him and his daughter dead in the master bedroom. According to Fontana police, he shot his daughter three times in the chest before shooting himself once in the head.
On April 9, Sang In Kim killed his wife and 8-year-old son, Matthew, in Westlake before turning the gun on himself in their three-bedroom apartment complex he managed.
Kim’s 16-year-old daughter sustained a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to County-USC Medical Center, where she underwent surgery.

Fontana Father Kills His 5-Year-Old, Then Himself

The divorce reportedly had big gambling debts. It is the third such incident in recent days involving members of the Korean community.

Bong Joo Lee's relatives told police that he had been unemployed for some time and might have racked up as much as $200,000 in gambling debt,
said Fontana Police Sgt. William Megenney.

Attempt to smuggle 7 S. Koreans is charged

Tuesday, April 11, 2006
An alleged member of a human smuggling ring was charged Monday in a two-count federal complaint with attempting to smuggle seven South Koreans
over the U.S.-Canada border in rural Okanogan County.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents believe Dong In Seok is
part of a ring that has been secreting undocumented Koreans into America by a circuitous route that starts in Seoul,
passes through Vancouver, B.C., crosses the border in remote northeast Washington and ends in Los Angeles.

The rental agreement showed that the SUV had been picked up the day before at Sea-Tac Airport, not by the driver,
but by Dong In Seok, also known as Kenny Suk.
He had been arrested in 2001 for human smuggling, authorities said.

If found guilty of the smuggling charges, he faces up to 10 years in prison and $500,000 in fines.

Lindwall -- a member of the ICE human trafficking task force who has a graduate degree in Korean studies noted in the charging documents
that instances of Koreans being smuggled into Washington state have spiked since 1994.
That's when Canada eliminated tourist visa requirements for Koreans pursuant to a treaty between the two countries.

Koreans interested in being smuggled into the United States typically contract with smugglers in Seoul posing as travel agents.
Once they arrive in Vancouver, B.C., the smugglers put them in safe houses and arrange for vehicles,
drivers and border trail guides, according to the criminal complaint.

Then the illegal immigrants are taken "to a remote rendezvous point, where, under the cover of darkness,
they turn the clients over to ... the Los Angeles group," the complaint states.

A man apparently killed his wife, 8-year-old son

and then wounded his 16-year-old daughter at their Echo Park apartment Sunday before fatally shooting himself, a police officer said.
When the Korean family did not show up for church, friends looked for them at the apartment shortly before 10 a.m., said Los Angeles police Officer Mike Lopez.
The 55-year-old man, his 50-year-old wife and their 8-year-old son were found shot to death, he said.
Their 16-year-old daughter had been shot in the head, but she was sent to the hospital and is reportedly in stable condition.
Police believe the husband/father shot the other family members and then killed himself, he said.
Their names were withheld pending notification of next of kin.
It is the second time in the past week that a Korean-American man is believed to have killed family members.
Last Sunday, Dae Kwon Yun, 54, was critically burned after allegedly placing his 11-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son in an SUV and setting it on fire in a downtown alley.
He was believed to have had financial and marital problems.

Charles J. Kim, president of the national Korean American Coalition
and a longtime leader in Los Angeles' Koreatown,
said many in the community have mental health issues,
but no one wants to talk about their problems.

Pickpocket sprays tear gas; 27 hurt

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Rescue workers gather at JR Nishi-Nippori Station on Thursday morning.Eighteen people at JR Nishi-Nippori Station in Arakawa Ward, Tokyo, were taken to a hospital Thursday after being exposed to tear gas sprayed by one of four men whom police suspect are a gang of pickpockets.

The police arrested one of the four, believed to be foreign nationals from other Asian countries. The arrested man, 38, said he is South Korean.

Two Metropolitan Police Department officers on patrol tried to question the four men near a restroom in the station around 9:50 a.m. The four men suddenly ran up to the platform, and one of them sprayed tear gas.

The police officers caught the man and arrested him on charges of injury and possession of a weapon--a kitchen knife. The other three fled the scene.

The arrested man identified himself as Chim Pyong Kun. The MPD began investigating the incident, on suspicion that the men were part of an armed gang of South Korean pickpockets.

The two police officers and 25 people in the station complained of pain in their eyes and throats, and 18 of them were taken to a nearby hospital. The two police officers suffered serious burns to their throats.

The MPD believed the tear gas contained capsaicin--an ingredient in chili pepper and other hot spices.

Of the three who fled, one appeared to about 45 years old and wore a dark blue jacket. The second looked about 30 years old and was about 170 to 175 centimeters tall, and the third man had short hair, the police said.

The MPD said Chim was arrested by the Osaka prefectural police in April 2002, also on charges of pickpocketing and possessing a weapon. MPD investigators said Chim likely smuggled himself back into Japan after serving three years in prison and being deported in autumn.

In January, a passenger was surrounded by a group of men in Ichigaya Station in Chiyoda Ward, on Tokyo Metro's Yurakucho Line. When the passenger yelled for help, the men fled the scene spraying tear gas.

On March 29, a group of four men sprayed what seemed to be tear gas inside Shinjuku Station in Tokyo on the Oedo subway line. A man and a woman near the site were hurt.

In June 2004, a group of South Korean pickpockets wielded knives inside Denenchofu Station in Tokyo on the Tokyu Toyoko Line. They sprayed tear gas at police officers, who responded with gun shots.

According to the National Police Agency, the number of investigated pickpocketing cases involving South Koreans in the nation surged from 207 in 2001 to 941 in 2005

Travel ban for 'ugly Koreans'

Seoul - South Korea is proposing a foreign travel ban for citizens who have committed misdeeds overseas,
in an attempt to protect the nation's image, officials said on Wednesday.
The proposed travel ban on "ugly Koreans" was contained in a foreign ministry report on Tuesday to the presidential office, ministry officials said.
"Ugly Koreans" is a media-coined term referring to people caught buying sex or committing crimes overseas.
"In case their illegal or shameful acts are reported overseas,
we are planning to restrict their travel to foreign countries for a certain period of time," a ministry official said.
South Korean laws already say that citizens can be denied passports for up to three years
if they have been expelled from a foreign state for violating the law.
In July 2005 Vietnamese television reported that police detained 28 South Koreans in a single day for buying sex at a Korean-owned salon.
Police in Shanghai arrested 17 South Koreans in February for involvement in running a "host bar" where men were hired for sexual services.
Authorities are planning to step up a separate campaign to educate people about internationally accepted etiquette.
The travel ban plan may invite strong criticism from human rights groups for infringing on basic rights.

Police: Suspect In Fatal Hit-And-Run Accident Flew To Korea

POSTED: 6:50 pm PDT April 4, 2006
Parents of a victim in a hit-and-run accident have learned the identity of the suspected driver, but there is a hitch.
Police say that suspect was driven to the airport after the crash and flew to Korea.
According to the report, 39-year-old Youn Bum Lee was with some business associates at Seoul-Oak Korean B.B.Q. restaurant where witnesses say he drank eight shots of Soju --a Korean rice wine.
The report says the group went to a Karaoke bar until just before midnight.
"After the traffic collision, Mr. Lee contacted one of the witnesses and drove the vehicle back to the corporation where he met with one of the witnesses and then he left the country through LAX," said Jennifer Hink with the California Highway Patrol.
The report says Lee, who NBC4 reports works for Hyundai, showed his damaged car to a Hyundai executive who then drove him to an attorney's office. It says Lee got in a taxi then boarded a plane to Korea.
A Hyundai spokesperson said in a statement that, "We agree this was a horrible and tragic accident. Hyundai Corperation is cooperating fully with the CHP and any further questions can be directed to them."
Lee is facing charges of vehicular manslaughter, felony hit-and-run and driving under the influence

Police allege estranged husband burned children to death in car

Witnesses told police they saw Yun arguing in Korean with his daughter outside the SUV in the alley. The SUV erupted into flames just moments after Yun forced the girl into the vehicle

A man who authorities allege burned his two children to death by setting fire to his SUV in a downtown alley had trouble controlling his anger and was experiencing stress from
a failed marriage and financial setbacks, according to acquaintances of the suspect.
Dae Kwon Yun, 54, was found near the SUV Sunday afternoon with severe burns on his face, hands and legs, authorities said.
He was under guard and listed in critical condition at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. He is expected to survive and will be booked for investigation of murder, police said.
Two years ago, Dae Kwon Yun, 54, pleaded guilty to beating his wife, Sun Ok Ma, and was sentenced to two years' probation.
Yn and Sun's business was booming. He drove a Mercedes and the family had a home in the affluent Hancock Park area. But the marriage worsened a few years ago, when state and federal tax officials ordered them to pay $100,000 in back taxes, K.C. Min said.
Yun was arrested in May 2004 for investigation of domestic violence after a woman called 911 and whispered to a dispatcher that her husband hit her and was still in their home, said Monterey Park police Capt. Eric Kim.
Police forwarded that investigation to prosecutors, Kim said,
but he didn't know the outcome of the case.

Dad to Be Booked in Deaths of 2 Children
LOS ANGELES, Apr. 4, 2006

Man Accused Of Killing His Children Was Troubled
CBS 2, CA - Apr 4, 2006
(CBS) LOS ANGELES Dae Kwon Yun, the man accused of killing his two children by setting the family SUV on fire Sunday, was described Tuesday as a failed ...

border-crossing supplies from Korean wholesaler

Mexico -- It's spring break. Young Americans are hitting Cancun's beaches. Young Mexicans are hitting America's borders.
"I've been coming here since 2001," says Alejandro Ramirez, surveying this tiny town filled with flophouses, taco stands and noisy bars just south of the Arizona border.
"If you're looking for a place to cross, this is the best I know of," says the 27-year-old construction worker from Veracruz.

each day heads into to buy border-crossing supplies from Korean wholesalers
the Border Patrol says it arrested 571 Mexicans in ........

Immigration Bill Threatens Illegal Koreans in U.S.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is set to start deliberating the Sensenbrenner Bill that would designate the estimated 12 million illegal residents in the U.S. as lawbreakers, and would criminalize hiring and abetting them. The bill, passed last December by the House of Representatives, is named after its sponsor James Sensenbrenner but is officially known as the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act. Many fear that it seeks to expel all illegal immigrants in the country.

Pressures Mount on Koreans Staying Illegally in U.S.

In Los Angeles, the campaigning by the Spanish-language media was mirrored by Radio Seoul,
the 24-hour Korean-language station in the city, which aired similar spots exhorting this city's 1 million Koreans to take to the streets.

"We estimate about one in five Koreans in America is illegal," said Dae Joong Yoon, executive director of the Korean Resource Center in Los Angeles.

Two S. Korean children in U.S. arrested for alleged sexual assault

SEOUL, March 25 (Yonhap) -- Two South Korean children studying in the United States
were arrested by police there for allegedly sexually assaulting a girl and a two-year-old
baby, South Korea's foreign ministry said Saturday.

The two fifth-grade boys were staying at a Korean-American family's home when they
allegedly sexually assaulted the fourth-grade girl, also from South Korea, and the host
parents' baby daughter, the ministry said.

Further information about the offenders and victims was not immediately available.

The boys were arrested by the local police on charges of aggravated sexual assault on
children on March 13 and are currently being held in a juvenile detention facility, the
ministry said.

According to the local law, children under the age of 15 are not criminally indicted but
can sentenced to serve time in a juvenile facility if found guilty, the ministry said.

The two boys' parents flew to the U.S. immediately after being notified by the South
Korean consulate of their sons' arrest.

Anaheim Gynecologist Charged For Molesting Girl

Dr. Anthony Tun Lee, 61, was accompanied by his wife when made his first appearance
before Orange County Superior Court Judge Craig Robison Friday.
Lee's arraignment on five charges was rescheduled for April 3.

Lee was charged with sexual battery by fraud, sexual penetration by means of fraudulent representation of professional purpose,
first-degree burglary and two counts of lewd act on a child under the age of 14, Costello said.
The girl was allegedly molested in 2002 and in 2004, when she was between the ages of 11 and 12, and on March 15 when the doctor came to the victim's home.
The molestations occurred about three times prior to March 15, Costello said.
"I think it's every female's worst nightmare," Costello said. "The acts when she was younger consist of fondling,
of kissing, an act of oral copulation and then, now when she's 16, he's there supposedly to give her a medical exam, and again, we have some substantial sexual conduct taking place."

Wayne Seminoff can't help but notice the sparkling new 32-foot boat belonging to his neighbor,

the young guy with the $4 million home and three luxury cars.
It irks him. Not because he's prone to envy, but because of the nagging suspicion that he paid for it.
In the past six months, Seminoff gave his neighbor all the money he had and then some, $800,000 in all.
He describes it as a con job by a charismatic operator who first promised friendship,
then easy money and finally "a slaughterhouse" at the hands of an international crime ring.
They still meet for coffee, and Hong's mother still makes Seminoff jars of kim chee, the spicy Korean cabbage dish.
Hong insists he plans to pay Seminoff back.
But as Seminoff has learned more about where his money went,
he's also learned another troubling fact: At least four other people have gone to court seeking money they "invested" with Hong.
The adjacent dock, just a few feet away, was Hong's.
It came with the four-bedroom, 4,400-square-foot home he bought in mid-2004 for $3.2 million. (Hong also owns a five-bedroom home on Mercer Island.)
Seminoff had become like a father to him, Hong said.
That was the same line he used to gain the trust of a Korean-American family he met at Central Presbyterian Church in Bellevue about four years earlier,
according to a lawsuit in King County Superior Court. As Hong was buttering up Seminoff, that family and another church member were fighting in court to get back $340,000.
The next year, Lee sued Hong, saying Hong broke their agreement by engaging in "reckless" day-trading, misrepresented himself as a stock trading expert,
lost $100,000, and tried to embezzle from the account. The case was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.

Korean cab driver molested child

The newspaper also reported on an incident that occurred several years ago in which a working mother hired a Korean cab driver to pick up her daughter from a Los Angeles preschool.
The driver molested the child and later held her for ransom.

2 Men Arrested on Eel Smuggling Charges

Two South Korean men were arrested Saturday on suspicion of smuggling 261 kg of small eels from Japan, police said.
Police and maritime authorities apprehended a 40-yearold man, identified as Lee,
and an accomplice while attempting to smuggle the eels, worth 560 million won, into the country.

Man arrested in Korean smuggling case

Rice said Korean nationals have been involved in numerous smuggling operations in recent years.
In many instances, those who are smuggled in are destined for work in the sex trade, or as manual laborers, Rice said.

A man who allegedly rented the SUV that picked up a dozen Korean nationals smuggled across Washington state's international border has been arrested
and will be returned here to face federal charges, prosecutors said Friday.
Jeong Ho Kim, 38, is named in a 13-count indictment handed up Feb. 7 by a federal grand jury here,
charging him with conspiracy to transport illegal aliens and 12 counts of aiding and abetting the transportation of illegal aliens.
A group of 12 Korean nationals were apprehended in a rented Chevrolet Tahoe by U.S. Border Patrol agents near the U.S.-Canadian border in Oroville on Nov. 28.
The seven women and five men were destined for the Los Angeles area, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Rice said.
Kim was arrested Thursday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Los Angeles.
He made an initial appearance in federal court Thursday in Los Angeles, where a magistrate judge ordered him held without bond.
The indictment alleges Kim was not in the Tahoe, but rented the vehicle at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
and instructed a driver where to pick up the Koreans near the border.

Rice said Korean nationals have been involved in numerous smuggling operations in recent years.
He said that in 2004-2005, more than 100 Korean nationals were apprehended as they crossed into the Border Patrol's Spokane Sector,
which runs from the Cascade Range to the Rocky Mountains.

In many instances, those who are smuggled in are destined for work in the sex trade, or as manual laborers, Rice said.

3 arrested in Warsaw prostitution cases

Warsaw Police Department and Kosciusko County Drug Task Force personnel arrested three people in cases at two massage businesses in Warsaw Thursday.

The VIP, Office Spa,
3865 Lake City Highway, and The Comfort Zone, 600 E. Winona Ave., Suite 6, were the sites where officers made the arrests.

A 42-year-old Korean national was arrested at the VIP, Office Spa, on a charge of prostitution,
a Class A misdemeanor, for agreeing with an undercover police officer to perform sex acts in exchange for money.

US, Canada bust human smuggling ring

Some of the nearly 100 migrants captured when police closed in on an alleged international human smuggling operation paid up to $40,000 for illegal passage over the Canada-U.S. border,
investigators said Wednesday.

The RCMP partnered with Canada Border Services Agency
and U.S. Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to crack the international ring after a two-year investigation.

Police allege the migrants came from China, Korea,
Albania and Eastern Europe and were tucked away in car trunks,
on rail cars, in the back of transport trucks or on small boats to be smuggled both ways across the border.

Twenty-four people were apprehended crossing from Canada into the U.S during the investigation, while another 74 were caught heading south from Canada.
Seventeen people were arrested Tuesday in Windsor, Toronto, Leamington, Ont., Detroit and New York City in connection to the ring.
Hoa Ly, 42, of Macomb, Mich., was arrested Wednesday and arraigned in Detroit.

The others are accused of human smuggling and conspiring to violate U.S. immigration laws and face up to life imprisonment if convicted.

The 16 U.S. defendants are accused of conspiring to smuggle aliens,
which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Kelly Klundt said human smuggling has been steadily climbing in the United States,
jumping from 31,261 in 2002 to more than 53,500 people in 2005. Only 103 people captured last year were nabbed at the northern border.

Korean linked to "Bali Nine" arrested in Australia

A SOUTH Korean man allegedly linked to the Bali Nine drug syndicate recruited mules to transport drugs from ... He was the sixth person arrested in Australia with suspected links to the nine Australians arrested in Indonesia

Many Unlicensed Illegal Immigrants Refusing To Stop Driving

By DANIELA GERSON - Staff Reporter of the Sun February 9, 2006
Despite a recent ban on granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants in New York,
many of the city's undocumented immigrants - estimated to number more than 500,000 -
have refused to stop driving. Some are doing so without identification or insurance
and others are traveling hundreds of miles to buy such cards on the black market.

"They're trying to do everything they can. Some people are trying to get driver's licenses from other states,
and many people just keep driving without licenses," said Ju Bum Cha,
the advocacy director of the Young Korean American Service and Education Center,
a Korean advocacy organization in Queens.
Of more than 300 phone calls from immigrants at risk of losing their licenses seeking the group's advice,
most were continuing to drive, he said. "It's a really dangerous situation."

Korean pastor is behind the Pamplona incident

The management of Pamplona Cottages believes that a Korean pastor was behind the foiled "raid" of the resort Saturday afternoon
by Immigration and National Bureau of Investigation agents in Bacolod City.

Leah Bobon, manager of the resort, said witnesses saw the pastor, Kim Seong "Muksanim" Kook of the Presbyterian Church of Bacolod City,
aboard another van with two NBI agents when he escaped a police dragnet at the vicinity of the resort.

She alleged that the pastor is facing rape charges in Bacolod City.
Bobon claimed that Kook might have paid the NBI agents to raid the resort in retaliation against Michael Ha,
head of the corporation, which is managing the facility.

Bobon said the raid had an ill purpose and Pastor Kim was behind it.
She alleged that the Korean pastor had been angry with her employer for helping his two alleged rape victims whose cases were reportedly filed in Bacolod City.
The pastor, Bobon said, had been a regular customer and usually came to the resort to play golf at weekend.

The resort manager recalled that on November 25 last year the pastor telephoned Korean owner Ha for help in connection with a rape case
and two attempted rape charges and he was advised by his lawyer to return to Korea.

Six South Koreans arrested for attack

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta February 12, 2006
Six South Korean nationals have been detained at city police headquarters
for the alleged assault of a compatriot at Hankuh clinic on Jl. Senopati, Kebayoran Baru, police said Friday.
Djaelani said Mujung had earlier reported to Jakarta Police that he was "threatened by a group of Korean gangsters".
But no action was taken until late Thursday, after the attack.

The six alleged attackers, identified as
Lee Bu Yung, Lee Seng Tu, Choi Yong Chun, Part Saeng Eong, Seong Bunib and Choi Byung,
are still waiting for legal representation and an interpreter as none of them speak Bahasa Indonesia or English.

South Korea’s visa rejection

As with the emerging democracies of Eastern Europe, India and South Korea have been unable to meet the criteria established by the VWP (Visa Waiver Program).

For example, in the case of South Korea, U.S. Ambas­sador Christopher R. Hill and other American government representatives have said
that the ROK cannot join the VWP until the number of illegal South Korean residents in the United States significantly declines.[33]

Additionally South Korea’s visa rejection rate is higher than the 3 per­cent maximum.[34]

Finally, ROK officials estimate that some 70,000 South Korean passports are lost or stolen each year and then traded on the black market,
a factor that has impeded Seoul’s partici­pation in the VWP.[35]

Beware of Stray Dogs in Romania, Koreans Told

The Foreign Ministry on Thursday put out a travel advisory warning Koreans to guard against attacks from stray dogs in Romania. “Since injuries from dog bite are common in Romania, those currently in the country or planning to travel there should take extra care,” it said. As a cautionary tale, it offered the story of a 59-year-old Japanese man who was bitten by a stray dog in a house in the middle of the city on Jan. 29 and bled to death from his injuries.
The ministry warns the number of stray dogs in the capital Bucharest alone approaches 50,000-60,000. The city last year recorded 13,000 cases of injuries from dog attacks, 6,700 of them serious enough to require medical treatment, the ministry says, adding there is a significant danger of rabies infection in the area.

Asian American Employment and Occupational Patterns

many inner-city Black and Latino customers have accused Asian small business owners of exploiting their community by charging high prices,
refusing to employ local workers, and treating customers disrespectfully.

These tensions have led to numerous incidents of hostility, most famously represented by the extensive burning of Korean-owned businesses in the Los Angeles riots of 1992.

Warning on share scam

THE corporate watchdog has warned investors to avoid Asian share scams after an investor lost $70,000 on a bogus tip.
Australians are being inundated with unsolicited e-mails which appear to emanate from Russia
and contain share recommendations for stocks in countries ranging from Thailand to South Korea.

An e-mail from a fake .ru address, which was circulating last week, said: "Get AXCP first thing Wednesday, this is going to explode in the next 2-5 days. Good luck and trade out at the top!!!"
AXCP (Allixon International Corp) which is listed on the South Korean market, rose from a close of about $4.10 on Tuesday to nearly $5 by lunch time Thursday.
Volumes were many times higher than on Tuesday and Monday.

But the Australian Securities and Investments Commission's Berna Collier said such tips were almost definitely bogus.
"Ninety-nine per cent of the time it's a scam," Ms Collier said. "It is trying to encourage you to buy shares in companies
that are sometimes on the verge of bankruptcy, or someone is trying to offload shares and wants to boost the price first."

Vietnam police bust illegal Korean matchmaking network

Police detect illegal Korean matchmaking network in HCM City  
Police from southern Tien Giang province has detected a ring that illegally organised meetings between Vietnamese girls and prospective Korean husbands
with its leader being a woman holding the Republic of Korea citizenship.

After nine months of investigation, police has found Oh Moon Sook hiding in Ho Chi Minh City, who has from July 2002 entered Viet Nam 28 times as a tourist, but in fact she operated as a matchmaker, violating Viet Nam's laws.
She was assisted by two Vietnamese women to organise meetings between the "brides" and the clients, and prepare immigration procedures for Vietnamese brides to go to the RoK.
The ring was denounced by another girl, who had been married to a Korean man five months ago but could not go to the RoK due to her falsified papers.
All of her money, jewels and dowry were kept by Sook.

Police said Sook violated the regulations on foreigners and overseas Vietnamese, who stay and participate in activities contrary to the original purpose of their entry into Viet Nam, so she will be forced to return all the jewels and money she misappropriated and will be brought to court in accordance with Viet Nam's law.-Enditem

Human smuggler sentenced to time served

A Canadian citizen has been sentenced to time served - four months - for attempting to smuggle 14 people into the United States,
apparently to work in a California prostitution ring.
Sang Yoon "Steven" Kim, 29, of Surrey, British Columbia, pleaded guilty in May to one count of transportation of illegal aliens.
He admitted smuggling 13 South Korean women and one man across the Canadian border into Idaho.
At sentencing Monday, U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge gave Kim credit for the four months he's spent in jail since his arrest,
and ordered him to be turned over to immigration officials for deportation proceedings.
Another man, South Korean citizen Bum Suk "Michael" Kim, 33, has also pleaded guilty to smuggling the illegal immigrants into Idaho.
Michael Kim faces a maximum 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The two men are not related.
Steven Kim then apparently picked up the 14 people near the Canadian border, but was stopped and arrested on Highway 95 by Border Patrol agents,
who had been tipped off by an informant. Michael Kim was arrested April 3 in Worley.
The Idaho Legislature has formed an interim study committee to determine whether human trafficking is on an upswing in the state following other reports of border smuggling.

Reds pitcher Bong arrested

By Hal McCoy
Dayton Daily News
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jung Keun Bong was arrested Friday in Bradenton, Fla.
for domestic battery, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's department.
Deputies were called to the Sarasota Cay Motel after reports of screams.
Bong and his wife said they had a fight and Bong was arrested after red marks were observed on his wife's neck.
The Korean-born Bong, 25, was acquired on March 26, 2004 from Atlanta in a trade that brought him and pitcher Bubba Nelson from the Braves in exchange for pitcher Chris Reitsma.
Bong underwent shoulder surgery last September and was in Sarasota on a rehabilitation assignment. During his first outing on June 13 for the Class AAA Sarasota Reds,
he was knocked out of the game when a line drive hit his pitching hand. He is on the Reds' 40-man roster, but is on the 60-day disabled list.
奉重根(ジュン・キュン・ボンJung Keun Bong)、

"Koreans arrested over dog soup"

Wednesday, August 5, 1998
Two people in South Korea have been arrested for allegedly selling dogs which had been used in medical research to restaurants.
The authorities in Seoul say the dogs had been infected, or vaccinated, with disease-causing agents, which could make humans ill if the dogs were eaten.
Dog soup, or poshingtang, is an expensive dish popular in summer with older Korean men and renowned for its health-giving properties.
However, the BBC correspondent in Seoul, Andrew Wood, says many younger Koreans are disgusted and embarrassed by the practice of eating dogs.
The prosecutors say poshingtang restaurants in the Seoul area have been supplied with nearly 6,000 dogs over five years. Each animal was worth around $80.

Bodies should have been burnt
They said most of the dogs had suffered from pneumonia or gastro-enteritis but 860 had been vaccinated against rabies.
Their bodies should have been incinerated but apparently fell into the hands of unscrupulous dog meat traders.
Two men have been arrested. One ran a dog-breeding farm, the other was the head of a government research laboratory.
Prosecutors say the two men were not connected. They are widening their investigations to include wholesale butchers and other research centres.
They suspect other animals, such as pigs, which had been used in medical research might also have been sold for human consumption.


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