Three individuals have been charged with organizing a complex commercial sex operation in Massachusetts and eastern Virginia

According to prosecutors, women appeared on websites falsely claiming to advertise naked Asian models for professional photography, and elite apartments with monthly rents of up to $3,660 were used as brothels. Prosecutors say another website allowed clients to rate the women.

"This commercial sex club was built on secrecy and exclusivity, serving a wealthy clientele with connections, and the business thrived until today," said Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Josh Levy.

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According to prosecutors, the brothels in Massachusetts were located in Watertown and Cambridge, while others were located outside Washington, D.C., in Tyson's and Fairfax, Virginia. According to Levy, customers paid over $600 per hour for services, and some even paid a monthly membership fee for pre-screened sex similar to the TSA PreCheck process.

Authorities have not disclosed the names of individuals who are believed to have purchased services through this network, and no charges have been filed against any of them. However, Levy emphasized that the investigation is in its early stages and stated that the prosecution intends to hold accountable both those who led this scheme and those who "fueled the demand for this enterprise."

Levy said there may have been hundreds of clients, including government contractors with security clearances, doctors, lawyers, elected officials, military officers, professors, and technology company executives.

Han "Hana" Lee, 41, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, James Lee, 68, of Torrance, California, and Chunmyeong Lee, 30, of Dedham, Massachusetts, were arrested on Wednesday and charged with conspiracy to induce and encourage others to travel in interstate commerce for unlawful sexual activity. Prosecutors allege that they earned hundreds of thousands of dollars through this scheme.

Han Lee's attorney declined to comment, and an email requesting comment was sent to Chunmyeong Lee's attorney. James Lee did not have an attorney listed in court records, and a message requesting comment was sent to the number listed as a relative.

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According to court documents, authorities used surveillance and phone call recordings to identify customers of sex services and interviewed approximately 20 of them during the investigation. One customer told investigators that he was directed to an apartment via text message and provided with a menu of women, services, and hourly rates.

According to court documents, Han and Chunmyeong are charged with overseeing the day-to-day operations of Massachusetts brothels, and Han is also charged with overseeing the operations of Virginia brothels. Authorities claim this included arranging transportation for women and collecting proceeds.

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