CNMI Human Trafficking Highway is Still Open

May 3, 2012

Despite the CNMI defenders' complaints that advocates and pro-federalization supporters exaggerated the CNMI’s forced prostitution, slavery, indentured servitude and human trafficking cases, two more human traffickers have been indicted in recent days.

On April 30, 2011 Wei Lin and Yanchun Li were indicted for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and to benefit financially from a sex trafficking venture (18 U.S.C. §§1594(c), 1591(a)(1) and (a)(2)), three counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion by (18 U.S.C. §1591(a)(l)) and one count of financially benefiting from a sex trafficking venture (18 U.S.C. §1591(a)(2))

Three victims were trafficked from China in September 2010 and forced to be prostitutes. As in most cases, they originally were recruited from China for legitimate jobs. The three victims were told they would be working in legitimate jobs as waitresses or housekeepers for $1,000 monthly. They were told that they would receive their work visas after their arrival on Saipan.

According to the indictment, Rosen Music Studios, a karaoke bar, provided sexual services for customers for an added fee. Wei Lin sold the trafficked women to customers and received a portion of the bar’s fees.

Lin paid defendant Yanchun Li to transport the women to and from the bar and his apartment or local hotels to provide sex with customers. Li took the money from the customers and provided condoms.

The indictment states:
Manner and Means of the Conspiracy. Among the manner and means by which WEI LIN and YANCHUN LI, together with others known and unknown to the Grand Jury, carried out the above-described conspiracy were the following:
a. Recruiting the Victims with false and fraudulent promises of employment in the United States, to wit: that they would work either as waitresses or housekeepers; that their salary would be over $1,000.00 per month; and that they would receive work visas after their arrival;
b. Arranging and coordinating the Victims' travel from China to the United States, as well as instructing the victims, due to their limited English, on what to say to U.S. immigration officials;
c. Within hours of the Victim's arrival on Saipan, picking them up from airport and transporting them directly to the Hong Apartment; collecting from each one over $4,000.00; taking their passports; and telling them they would likely be killed by criminals if they went outside;
d. Causing the victims to engage and continue to engage in commercial sex acts by using force, fraud, and coercion, to wit: stating they could not return to China until their debts were paid off; threatening them with physical violence; monitoring their presence at all times; falsely claiming to have favorable relationships with corrupt government officials; transporting them to engage in commercial sex acts; preventing them from conversing with Mandarin-speaking customers; receiving money directly from the customers in exchange for sex acts; and never paying the Victims for sex acts they were made to perform.
All in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1594(c), 1591(a)(l), and 14 1591(a)(2).

Read the entire indictment:

No word if the men who engaged in the illegal services were arrested or charged.


Anonymous said...

Yeah. Both Chinese, go figure. Former garment workers left behind to toil in scams and fraud. The US should have deported every single non green card holder in the CNMI the moment it took over immigration. Now they are stuck with the Chinese and Filipinos bringing in ice, trafficking women, extortion and prostitution. A LOT of drugs come in from the Philippines.

Wendy Doromal said...

Please review all of the human trafficking cases from this blog. Many races and nationalities are represented as criminal traffickers. In fact, some of the worst cases were done by locals and U.S. citizens. Some of the very worst cases that I reported to authorities were never prosecuted and in one case, the evil woman trafficker went on to serve in appointed government position! (You can read about these in my upcoming book along with the names of government official johns who got away with raping the women.)

Unfortunately human trafficking is a crime that exists on every continent, and criminals of all races take advantage of innocent children, women and men to profit. What they take from them can never be recovered.

As for green cards, many wonder why the legal, longterm foreign workers were not given green cards immediately. Then all would have been free to leave the islands or stay if they had a job. Such a horrible injustice to those who slaved away in the CNMI under poor conditions, most denied of full pay and benefits.

As for your stereotyping, please review cases and you will see that many ice dealers are locals also.

Anonymous said...

I said this a year ago and was labeled a racist....sad days we live in

Anonymous said...

although there maybe legitimate victims for sex traficking albeit the exepction and not the rule since the federalization this brings along with the opportunity for many other non-eligble foreigners to claim that they are "victims". Many foreigners who are not eligible or denied a status run out and then claim to be a victim either of spousal abuse, kinda hard to claim if you never actually lived with your spouse and the marriage was for a green card only, maybe the reason immigration denied you visa, or claim they were victim of some crime and now need a victim visa. A break in of your car or apartment three years ago doesn't qualify for a crime victim visa....... we have too many lawyers on this island willing to suck the last dollar out of those they claim they are trying to "help" by telling them they can get something they know they are eligible sad.....

Wendy Doromal said...

7:47 Provide names and data to back up your allegation please.

Anonymous said...

talk to your friends at the law firms on the island maybe start with filipino brother in law that visited there were shocked by what they were told

Wendy Doromal said...


Anonymous said...

try all the firms wendy this person isn't the only one who sees to cis they have been getting reports...are they talking about micronesean legal?

Anonymous said...

MLS = Micronesian Legal Services

Anonymous said...

Wendy said . . .

Despite the CNMI defenders' complaints that advocates and pro-federalization supporters exaggerated the CNMI’s forced prostitution, slavery, indentured servitude and human trafficking cases, . . . .

While the anti-federalization advocates did make some of those arguments -- particularly measurement on a misleading per capita basis rather than as a proportion of persons arriving into the CNMI -- the major argument has proven to be correct:

These were already federal offenses, and federalizing minimum wages and immigration would have nothing directly to do with that -- except in the very rare instance where a CNMI official was the perpetrator, or corruptly looked the other way as this was going on, again, essentially aiding and abetting the bad guys.

The first federal prosecutions for forced prostitution began in the late 1990s. The core issue is and always has been the failure of the federal government to devote enough resources to the CNMI to enforce its various laws.

Hopefully things will improve, if our Delegate speaks up to ensure enough feds are stationed in the CNMI.

Wendy Doromal said...

Anonymous 6:23

You are correct. The federal FBI and US Attorney's Office has been miserably underfunded despite decades of advocates and others calling for a stronger federal law enforcement presence. After 1998 Clinton increased funding/personnel, but with the new administration it again was reduced. The CNMI needs and deserves adequately funded federal offices including those within the USDOJ, USDOL, USCIS and others.