3 Thai women found in human trafficking sting

As published by the Chicago Breaking News Center

Cook County sheriff’s police conducting a sting discovered three women from Thailand who told investigators they had been forced to work as prostitutes in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Texas in the three weeks they have been in the United States.

The sheriff’s office said it suspects the women were caught in a human trafficking ring that offered them for “services” on at least two Web sites.

The three women were in contact with the Thai consulate in Chicago this afternoon, said Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Patterson.

The women had arrived in the United States three weeks ago, and operators of the ring took their passports and demanded $60,000 before they could get their passports back, according to a sheriff’s press release. The women are not expected to be charged with a crime, the sheriff’s office said.

The three women were discovered on Thursday after investigators answered an ad on a Web site for a “super model, hot, sexy Asian bombshell,” the office said. An investigator was directed to go to a Schiller Park intersection and call the contact in the ad again; they were then sent to a specific room in a motel in the 4100 block of North Mannheim Road in Schiller Park.

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