Operator Of Annandale ‘Doumi’ Escort Business Sentenced

The business was called “Da Bong,” “Romance” or “Coco,” but the services it provided were always the same. For $70 an hour, an attractive and provocatively dressed woman would join customers at an Annandale bar for a night of flirting, dancing and singing.

In and of itself, the so-called “doumi” operation was not illegal. But the girls it employed were often illegal immigrants, recruited from Korea to work in the less-than-reputable profession. That made the man who hired and harbored them guilty of a crime.

On Friday, the business’s owner, Youn Sok Chang, was sentenced to two years and nine months in federal prison. As Chang stood with his hands behind his back, U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III warned him that his business “demeans women.” And how Chang chose to run it, he said, broke the law.

Source: Washington Post