Brothels that allegedly hosted political, military leaders raked in ‘astounding’ amounts of money: prosecutors

The three men charged with running brothels in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., that entertained high-profile clients including politicians and military leaders brought in more than $1 million in operating costs, the case says. top federal agents made the announcement Wednesday.

According to an affidavit filed by the Department of Homeland Security in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the alleged mastermind of the operation, James Lee of California, along with Han Lee and Junmyung Lee of Massachusetts, , brought about a series of changes. Since 2020, the service has been operating out of luxury apartments in Massachusetts and the suburbs of Washington, DC.

The affidavit also said the defendants kept “perfect” records of the operation showing the amount of money they brought in.

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“While we do not believe that HAN is legitimately employed, we do know that he has made an incredible amount of money operating a prostitution operation over the past several years,” said Zachary Mitritsky, a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security. “I think so,” he wrote, referring to the man who is said to have masterminded the operation.

The affidavit states that $965,000, mostly in cash, flowed into Han Lee’s two bank accounts from December 2019 to October 2023, and that Han Lee has other overseas accounts. He added that it is believed that he could also access it.

The Justice Department indicted the three people after destroying the operation earlier this month. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

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One of the apartments in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where customers were instructed to go. (Ministry of Justice and Google Maps)

Prosecutors say brothels in the Washington, D.C., area lived in an apartment complex Located in Fairfax and Tysons, Virginia, we accepted a variety of spouses from a variety of backgrounds. The defendants are said to have rented an apartment while paying for the prostitute’s transportation and flights to the area.

The defendants also advertised prostitution for fees ranging from $350 to $600 and provided attorneys with large amounts of personal information “including, but not limited to, names, dates of birth, credit card information, employer information, and websites.” He said he asked for it. It also works as a “reference if there is one”.

“These specialties include politicians, pharmaceutical executives, doctors, military personnel, government contractors with security clearances, professors, lawyers, business executives, technology executives, scientists, accountants, and retail store employees. Including, but not limited to: students,” the prosecutor said.

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Text message sent to customer

One of the 20 people interviewed by federal agents revealed an example of a “menu” text message sent from a number associated with one of the alleged brothel websites. (Ministry of Justice)

One investigator said that “there may be hundreds of customers yet to be identified, including in other specialties not included in the list above,” but the Justice Department did not provide details on the customers. It hasn’t been revealed yet.


FOX News’ Houston Keene and Adam Sabes contributed to this report.



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