U.S. businessman Vincent Wu faces an upcoming trial in a Chinese court on charges of heading a ruthless crew in the Guangdong province which "kidnapped
rivals, threw acid at a judge, set fire to farmers' sheds, operated
illegal gambling dens and committed other offenses" as reported by The Standard.
A massage parlor allegedly was used as a creative front for a whore house in Burlington, VT, and the working girls may be trafficking victims by the Chinese Mafia from Flushing, NY as reported by Kyle Midura for WCAX.
Spanish authorities have busted suspected Chinese mob rings in Madrid, Barcelona and other cities which allegedly were involved in a wide range of rackets from horrible street crimes including human trafficking and forced prostitution to sophisticated financial crimes such as money laundering and tax fraud as reported by CNN.
Hoa Duc Nguyen, a Vietnamese hitman for a Chinese gang in Queens, NY, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after admitting his role "in at least three murders for his vicious criminal mentor, Hui Sin 'Frank' Ma" whom he later helped the feds to bring down as reported by Bruce Golding for the New York Post: "prosecutor Michael Rosensaft . . . sought a break for Nguyen, saying he 'obviously has a very extensive and horrific criminal history,' but 'no doubt saved lives in the end' by switching sides."
More than 600 people have been arrested and nearly 200 children rescued as cops raided two suspected child-trafficking gangs which operated in ten provinces acrosss China as reported by BBC News:
Critics blame China's one-child policy and lax adoption laws, which they say have created a thriving underground market for buying children. * * * Families may also buy trafficked women and children to use as extra labour and household servants, as well as brides for unmarried sons.
Meanwhile, China has executed Wang Ziqi, the madam of the Bright Spot Teahouse in Chongqing's grimy Yuzhong district, for violently enslaving hundreds of women to work as prostitutes as reported by Malcolm Moore for The Telegraph: "Ms Wang, who ran the brothel with her sister, Wang Wanning, was also reputed to be the mistress of Wen Qiang, the 55-year-old deputy police commissioner and justice bureau chief who was secretly also one of the city's most powerful mafia godfathers."
The Chinese Mafia is in the party racket in Barcelona, Spain, and police have busted 39 individuals for their alleged roles in trafficking girls and drugs as reported by Al Goodman for CNN: "In recent years, the Chinese crime syndicate had crowded out others from the prostitution market in the fashionable Eixample district of Barcelona by using forced prostitution and charging below-market rates." Thirty women allegedly forced into the sex trade were rescued during the raids, and several of them were infected with HIV as reported by AFP.
Last week the feds charged Wei Xing Chen for his alleged role in running a criminal enterprise involving the trafficking girls and drugs in the Chinatown section of Boston, MA, and prosecutors want to keep him in jail pending trial as reported by Milton J. Valencia for The Boston Globe:
"He's really a career criminal," Assistant US Attorney Timothy Moran said in court yesterday, arguing that Chen should remain behind bars. "He has no legitimate occupation. He doesn't do anything legitimate. His whole life is involved in crime. He knows he's breaking the law and it just doesn't matter to him."
Two card clubs in San Francisco, CA which were raided last March pursuant to an organized crime investigation involving loan sharking and drug trafficking with possible ties to Chinese and Vietnamese gangs "have each agreed to pay $575,000" to the state Gambling Control Commission with the promise "to crack down on illegal activities" in the future as reported by Henry K. Lee for the San Francisco Chronicle: "Criminal cases against employees and associates are pending in federal court." Artichoke Joe's Casino in San Bruno and the Oaks Card Club in Emeryville "were allowed to reopen after the gambling commission . . . decided the owners of the clubs were not part of the loan sharking or drug dealing" as reported by Joshua Melvin for the San Jose Mercury News.