The defendant asked the executioner: “If she dares to retaliate, beat her more violently. Get results from the beating.

A 20-count indictment was unsealed today in Brooklyn federal court variously charging Siyang Chen, Siyu Chen, also known as “Ban Ban”, Bo Jiang, Meizhen Song, also known as “Die Die”, Rong Rong Xu, also known as “Eleanor”, Jiarun Yan, also known as “Raymond Yan” and “Mike”, Jilong Yu, Carlos Cury and Zerong Tang with racketeering, sex trafficking, Hobbs Act theft and violent assault. The operation was based in Queens, New York, but committed crimes across the United States, including Hawaii, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oregon, Texas and in Washington. Eight defendants were arrested today and will be arraigned this afternoon before US Magistrate Judge Roanne L. Mann.

Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Michael J. Driscoll, Deputy Director in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI) and Keechant L. Sewell, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD), announced the arrests and charges.

“As alleged, the defendants targeted vulnerable women for sex trafficking and brutally assaulted the victims to enforce their loyalty to the criminal enterprise. Human beings are not property, and the victims in this case, regardless of their immigration status, deserve to be safe from violence and coerced sexual activity. We hope today’s arrests bring them some measure of justice for the horror they have endured,” said the U.S. Peace Attorney. “This case is another example of our Office’s longstanding commitment to bringing to justice sex trafficking organizations that exploit and dehumanize victims for sexual purposes. lucrative.

“Today’s alleged conduct sets out years of abuse inflicted on vulnerable women on behalf of those who orchestrated this nationwide enterprise of sex trafficking and prostitution,” the FBI Deputy Director said. “Victims in this case should know that the FBI’s Joint Asian Criminal Enterprise Task Force will not condone the actions of those who offer the sexual activities of others in exchange for payment. If you are a victim or have information to provide, we want to hear from you, regardless of your immigration status. Call us at 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.

“Our job is to ensure that anyone who seeks to profit from the abuse and exploitation of another human being is brought to justice quickly and successfully,” NYPD Commissioner Sewell said. “Today’s charges also confirm the NYPD’s unwavering commitment to protecting sex trafficking survivors. To that end, I thank and commend the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District and our FBI partners for their immeasurable support. in building this critical case.”

As stated in court documents, between April 2019 and September 2021, the defendants participated in a violent and organized racketeering business, which operated a lucrative prostitution business across the United States. The company recruited women, most of whom were from China and had no legal status in the United States, to engage in prostitution for the company. Victims were sometimes required to provide copies of their identification documents so that the accused could exercise even more control over them. The company arranged for the women to travel from New York to locations across the country, stay in company-operated hotels and apartments for weeks on end, and engage in commercial sex. The organization’s members and associates collected money from the women, and the organization then used these illicit proceeds to promote its interstate sex trafficking and prostitution activities – and enrich its members.

As alleged, between January 8, 2020 and September 1, 2021, members and associates of the company directed and carried out more than 15 violent assaults against women in five states. The victims were Chinese women who the organization said were providing commercial sex services for themselves or for rival organizations. In committing these violent assaults, members of the organization sought to enforce discipline and believed that their conduct would not be prosecuted because the victims were not U.S. citizens and were engaged in the sex trade. Specifically, company members and associates ordered individuals to pretend to be customers to gain access to their hotel rooms and, once inside, restrained women with zippers, beat them. with hammers, bats and other blunt objects, and robbed them. Members of the organization often encouraged increasingly severe beatings of victims if the initial attack did not hurt them enough. In a phone message that was recovered by law enforcement, a member asked the executioner: “Beat [her] to death tomorrow. If she dares to retaliate, beat her harder. Get results from the beating. I can’t waste the money. In another retrieved conversation, a member said: ‘One person choked her by the throat, the other kicked her to death in all four limbs. Don’t make any noise. Defeat her to the point where she can no longer retaliate.

The charges in the indictment are allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Mr. Peace praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI and NYPD. This investigation was aided by law enforcement agencies across the country. Mr. Peace expressed his thanks to the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Nebraska, as well as the Oklahoma City and Manchester field offices of the United States Homeland Security Investigations and Immigration and United States Customs. In addition, local police departments across the United States provided invaluable assistance, including the Beaverton Police Department (Oregon), Michigan State Police, Missouri Highway Patrol, Police Department of Oklahoma City (Oklahoma), Omaha (Nebraska) Police Department, Overland Park (Kansas) Police Department, Portland (Oregon) Police Department, Southfield (Michigan) Police Department and Troy, Michigan.

The government case is being prosecuted by the bureau’s organized crime and gang and civil rights sections. Assistant United States Attorneys Matthew R. Galeotti, Kayla C. Bensing and Sophia M. Suarez are charged with the prosecution.

The FBI’s Joint Asian Criminal Enterprise Task Force in New York believes that this enterprise may be responsible for the assaults of even more sex workers across the country. If you are a victim or have information to provide, there are several ways to contact the FBI: submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov or call 1-800-CALL-FBI. They have people ready to work with you in your native language, regardless of your immigration status. Please select English when prompted and ask the operator for a translator indicating your preferred language. Online advice can be submitted in any language. In an emergency, always dial 911 for the police.

The defendants:

SIYANG CHEN
Age: 32 years old
Queens, New York

SIYU CHEN, also known as “Ban Ban”,
Age: 24
Queens, New York

BO JIANG
Age: 26 years old
Queens, New York

MEIZHEN SONG, also known as “Die Die”,
Age: 23 years old
Dallas, TX

RONG RONG XU, also known as “Eleanor”,
Age: 29
Queens, New York

JIARUN YAN, also known as “Raymond Yan” and “Mike”,
Age: 28 years old
Queens, New York

JILONG-YU
Age: 23 years old
Dallas, TX

CARLOS CURY
Age: 41
Queens, New York

TANG ZERO
Age: 24
Queens, New York