US Attorney Announces Arrest of 28 in Connection to Prostitution Ring that Used Apartments in Watertown

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Twenty-eight people have been charged for their involvement with the prostitution ring that used, among several locations, three apartments in Watertown, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Joshua S. Levy.

The charges were filed in the Cambridge District Court, but no names have been released by the U.S. Attorney’s office. Along with the three apartments located at Arsenal Yards, the ring also used locations in other parts of Massachusetts, as well as Virginia and California.

Levy released the following statement:

“Our office made it clear when we announced charges of a commercial sex ring case on Nov. 8, 2023, that the investigation was ongoing and that there would be accountability for the buyers who fuel the commercial sex industry. Today, a Homeland Security Investigations Task Force Officer with the Cambridge Police Department submitted applications for complaints against 28 sex buyers with the Cambridge District Court. Until probable cause has been found, no names will be released. If probable cause is established and criminal charges are issued by the Court, referrals will then be made to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.
“In addition, we are working closely with Virginia authorities to begin the referral process of sex buyers from the Virginia locations in this case. The referral processes will remain ongoing.” 

Three men were previously arrested for allegedly operating the prostitution ring and trafficking people to work for them. Han “Hana” Lee, a 41-year-old woman, of Cambridge; James Lee, 68, of Torrance, California; and Junmyung Lee, 30, of Dedham, were charged with conspiracy to coerce and entice others to travel to engage in illegal sexual activity.

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