Two women - residents of Los Angeles and Orange counties - were arrested during an interstate prostitution ring bust based in Chicago, Illinois, reports Chicago's Daily Herald.
Thirty-six-year-old Jenny Huynh of Los Angeles and 36-year-old Bamila Ibrahim of Fountain Valley were each charged with misdemeanor prostitution last Thursday. A Chicago couple is accused of running the interstate prostitution ring that brought in women from California and Pennsylvania into DuPage County, Illinois.
If they had been caught in California, the women would have also likely received misdemeanor prostitution charges which is punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.
"The organizers were local, but all the prostitutes, it seemed, came from out of state," said Matt Gainer, director of the DuPage Metropolitan Enforcement Group.
The arrests were part of a seven-month investigation dubbed "Operation China Dolls," which was named after the advertisements the prostitution ring leaders posted regarding their services. "They weren't very creative with their advertising," Gainer told the TribLocal.
The California women were two of four prostitutes arrested during the bust. The other two were residents of Philadelphia, Penn. The Chicago couple, Michael B. Hays and Jarmila Jaksova, were also arrested on Thursday for felony charges of promoting and profiting from prostitution and possession of a controlled substance. Although the man was released from jail after posting bail, the woman is still being held due to immigration issues.
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