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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 12/ 2/2010

Va. 'room salon' operators plead guilty

By Allison Klein
Allison Klein

Three operators of a "room salon" in Falls Church pleaded guilty to harboring illegal aliens after allegedly flying in young Korean women to dress provocatively, serve drinks, flirt, sing, and dance with customers, according to Virginia U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride.

The women worked at a bar known as "High Society," "Tomato," and "Tomato Garden." The bar had several private rooms where customers, primarily Korean men, would drink bottles of liquor that cost $300. Customers were required to purchase at least one bottle.

The defendants estimated that the bar earned more than $4 million since December 2007.
Wednesday, bar owner Sang Bun Surh, also known as "Chung Madame," pleaded guilty to conspiracy to harboring illegal aliens for commercial advantage and private financial gain.

Also pleading guilty was bar manager Young Mi Kim, 41, who lived with Surh and was the primary supervisor of the waitresses, prosecutors said. Kim also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit marriage fraud for her own fraudulent marriage to a U.S. citizen.

The third defendant was another bar manager, Hyeon Chul Kim, 55.

The three defendants face a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. They will be sentenced on Feb. 25.

By Allison Klein  | December 2, 2010; 10:43 AM ET
Categories:  Allison Klein, Falls Church, From the Courthouse  
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I hope people realize that illegal immigration is not a race/ethnic issue...it is a legal issue. Illegal behavior begets illegal behavior.

Illegal alien prostitutes / sex slaves have been found in Falls Church and Annandale recently(and I'm sure countless other localities).

Unenforced or under-enforced illegal immigration has brought to our area: violent street gangs like MS-13, sex trafficking and prostitution, increased uninsured motorist accidents and DUI, pedestrian death, zoning violations, language barriers, overcrowded and underfunded schools, unpaid medical bills at hospitals for "service" patients and a host of other civil and criminal problems.

For what? Cheap landscaping? Nannies? Is saving a few dollars an hour by exploiting illegal laborers worth the tax and social burden? If people actually calculated the percentage of their annual taxes that go to subsidizing illegal aliens and the associated costs, I think they would realize it isn't a good deal for taxpayers in the long run.

Posted by: fighterDC | December 2, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Now maybe we can stop the myth that latinos are the only people with illegals in this country and in VA.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 2, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

"Now maybe we can stop the myth that latinos are the only people with illegals in this country and in VA."

OK, but they still make up more than 99.99999% of illegals here.
So, 0.00001% are not latinos. Satisfied?

You want to know one way to alleviate the national debt?
Stop giving benefits (schools, medical care, etc.) to illegals.

Posted by: bluebellknoll | December 2, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, but most female Latinas don't dress provocatively, serve drinks, flirt, sing, and dance with customers, as good as Korean sweety-pies!

The Centers for Obesity Control in Macon, Ga., tell us the average waist circumference of an illegal female from Mexico and points south is 49 inches! Not too provacative ...

Posted by: kinkysr | December 2, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Well, I think that refers specifically to the illegal females from Mexico and points south who are living in the Macon area, where they get to eat good grits & barbecue.

Posted by: bobsewell | December 3, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

So, what was going on? Hostesses drinking with customers? Isn't that a typical Asian custom? Karaoke bars are all over Asia.

Perhaps the police should focus their efforts on real crime.

Posted by: John991 | December 3, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

I thought that the Big 'O' didn't want us to say "Illegal Aliens". I guess that is okay for Koreans but not for the Latino population that he wants for a voter base.

Posted by: bud9547 | December 3, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

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