A 2nd North Texas woman pleads guilty to operating a brothel in Dallas; another alleged co-conspirator charged with sex trafficking children
DALLAS — A second North Texas woman pleaded guilty Monday to charges related to operating a brothel posing as a massage parlor in Dallas, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.
Members of the North Texas Trafficking Taskforce are investigating this case, which include: Texas Department of Public Safety, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Dallas Police Department, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and Dallas County Sheriff’s Office.
Connie Su Moser, aka “Vivian,” aka “Song Ye Hong,” 64, of Lewisville, Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of using a facility of interstate commerce in aid of a racketeering enterprise and one count of misprision of a felony. She faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 26.
Co-conspirator Kum Shugars, 68, also from Lewisville, pleaded guilty in June 2017 to one count of using a facility of interstate commerce in aid of a racketeering enterprise and one count of misprision of a felony. Shugars’ sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 12.
The other defendant charged in the case, Allen Nash, aka “A-1,” 31, of Dallas, is charged with one count each of the following crimes: sex trafficking children; transporting a minor to engage in commercial sex acts; felon in possession of ammunition; sex trafficking through force, fraud or coercion; and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. Nash is scheduled to begin trial July 17.
According to plea documents in Moser’s case, between June 1, 2012 and March 1, 2015, Moser engaged in a prostitution enterprise at the Doll House in Dallas, Texas. Moser purchased the Doll House from its previous owner in 2012. Moser frequently visited the Doll House to pick up money and to check on her managers, including Shugars, as well as her employees. Moser was involved in hiring the women that worked at the Doll House, and she knew that commercial sex acts were regularly occurred there.
Various employees posted ads on the commercial sex website Backpage.com to locate customers for the Doll House; customers often responded to these ads either by calling to make an appointment or by walking into the spa. Clients then arranged to visit the Doll House under the guise of receiving a "body rub," but in reality they paid for and received commercial sex. These clients paid an initial fee to the spa manager; the client would then be taken into a room by one of the female employees where the commercial sex acts would occur. The employee received a “tip” once the commercial sex act had been performed, and the employee paid a portion of this money back to the Doll House each day.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Cara Foos Pierce is in charge of the prosecution.
This investigation was conducted under HSI’s Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 16,000 individuals for crimes against children, including the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children. In fiscal year 2016, more than 2,600 child predators were arrested by HSI special agents under this initiative and more than 800 victims identified or rescued.
HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users can call TTY 802-872-6196.
Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.
For additional information about wanted suspected child predators, download HSI’s Operation Predator smartphone app or visit the online suspect alerts page. HSI is a founding member of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.