BOSTON (AP) - A New York City woman has been sentenced to five years in
federal prison for bringing women from out of state to Massachusetts to work as
Hong Wei was also sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Boston to five
years of probation upon release on charges including forced labor and harboring
Prosecutors say the 37-year-old Wei, who went by the name "Ms.
Chen," was part of a group of people who advertised in newspapers for
Asian women to work as prostitutes in brothels around Massachusetts.
Authorities say many of the women were living in the U.S. illegally and some
were forced to work in the brothels.
Three other people involved in the scheme have
already pleaded guilty. One awaits trial.