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Korean Sex Workers Exploited In L.A.; 'Madam' Eun Suk Sun Faces Charges In Korea

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Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 9:08 AM

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So get this:

Eun Suk Sun allegedly ran a house (or, rather, apartment) of prostitution right here in L.A.'s Koreatown. But it isn't American authorities who want to take her down for it. Nope, it's Korean officials. And their wish might come true:

You see, Korean authorities allege that the women exploited by Sun's operation were also South Korean nationals.

So they want to try the 37-year-old in her homeland, American officials say.

They issued a warrant in May, 2011, for Sun's arrest, according to a statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Koreans are getting their shot because Sun came to America in 2003 on a "visitor's visa" and then allegedly overstayed her welcome, living stateside illegally, ICE says.

So, just like that, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations agents turned her over to South Korean law enforcement Thursday at Seoul Incheon International Airport, the American authorities said.

Korean officials accuse her of hiring the victims for prostitution in Koreatown in 2010. Federal authorities are calling her a "madam."

She was arrested by ICE in January, subjected to deportation proceedings, and then fully repatriated to South Korea this week.

Timothy S. Robbins, ICE removal honcho in L.A:

If the charges in this case prove true, this fugitive's actions degraded the local community and the lives of the women she exploited for her own enrichment.

Sounds to us like authorities have a new tool to use against alleged sex traffickers.

[@dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]

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