Soon Keun Kim, Accused Madame, Among 6 Held for Alleged Prostitution Ring in Irvine
Irvine Police say they broke up a prostitution ring Wednesday afternoon, and to illustrate the bust the cop shop released booking photos of everyone who was arrested, including suspected madame Soon Keun Kim shown here.
That should read mugs were put out there of everyone busted except the lone male suspect who was cited and released for allegedly soliciting a whore.
The arrests culminated a six-month investigation that included search warrants being served at three Irvine businesses and a Los Angeles residence, according to a statement from Lt. Julia Engen, the Irvine Police spokeswoman.
In February, Irvine detectives received a tip about heavy foot traffic in and out of Dexter Co., which was licensed as a medical supply business. But further investigation revealed it was actually operating as a massage parlor, according to Engen.
Detectives identified Kim, 60, as the madame running the illegal operation at Dexter Co. and of being tied to two additional fronts for prostitution on Skypark Circle in Irvine, Engen stated. She was arrested at the Technology Drive address on suspicion of pimping and pandering and booked into Orange County Jail in lieu of $35,000 bail.
Additional arrestees at the other locations were:
Chong Suk Yi, 61, on suspicion of supervising a house of ill repute; she was cited and released;
Mee Hwa Shin, 52, for alleged prostitution; she was cited and released;
In Sook Kim, who turns 48 Sunday (happy birthday!), on suspicion of identity theft; she was booked into Orange County Jail on a $20,000 bond;
Eun Young Park, who just turned 40 (happy birthday!) and is being held without bail for allegedly providing false identification to a peace officer.
The un-pictured male was Stephen Warner Marsden, 53, who was cited for suspected solicitation and released.
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