Asian Organized Crime Groups – State of New Jersey Commission of Investigation 1989 Report

Most of the current information on Korean organized crime involves prostitution. Prostitutes obtain an entry visa into the United States, usually through a sham marriage for a set fee to United States military personnel stationed in Korea, thus enabling them to enter the country as legal immigrants. Once here, the women obtain a divorce and are placed in various massage parlors and bars that cater strictly to Oriental patrons. The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization service is currently investigating several marriage brokers who paid $10,000 to G.Ls to marry Korean women so that they could enter the United States and engage in prostitution.

At present, there is evidence of an organized Korean female prostitution network operating out of massage parlors and bars in the Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Camden and New York areas. Various federal and local law enforcement agencies continue to track the prostitution ring in Philadelphia, Camden and Wrightstown (Burlington County) locations.

During the spring of 1990, three women from Seoul, South Korea were arrested in Washington Township (Gloucester County) for operating a massage parlor without a license. One of the women, Ok Chea Kim, has prior arrests for prostitution in Michigan and Texas. Documents seized in the raid indicated that Kim had been involved in a Korean prostitution ring in Ventnor and in Huntington Beach, California. Four Korean women were later arrested by New Jersey State Police on prostitution charges at the Ventnor establishment where records showed Ok Chea Kim to have been employed in 1988.

In the New York City area, a Queens Grand Jury in September, 1986, indicted eight Koreans for extorting more than $1 million from Korean bars and restaurants in Manhattan and Queens. Chang-Gee Kim of Long Island City, the 39-year-old leader of the gang, was among those indicted and convicted. The owners of those businesses were forced to buy decorative plants and herbal medicines at inflated prices to disguise the extortion payments. Members of two Korean youth gangs, the Korean Killers and Korean Power, have been arrested for extorting money from Korean merchants and restaurant owners in Queens. During the past year, Korean businessmen and their families have been the victims of armed home invasion robberies in Demarest, Alpine, Rutherford and Haworth, all in Bergen County. In every instance, the perpetrators have been identified as Korean or Vietnamese.

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