San Gabriel Valley Woman Faces Federal Charges of Running Sex Trafficking Operation that Targeted Immigrant Women

            A federal grand jury indicted  Mei Xing, 59, a.k.a. “Xing Mei,” “Anna,” and “Boss,” of San Gabriel on charges of sex trafficking five immigrant women by hiring them to work at massage parlors and forcing them to engage in commercial sex acts. The federal indictment charges Xing with  five counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion. Xing previously was indicted on June 12 on one count of sex trafficking, and today’s charging document adds four additional victims.

            According to the superseding indictment, from July 2016 to October 2018, Xing ran a sex trafficking operation that targeted immigrant women. An affidavit previously filed in this case alleges that Xing owned and operated several massage parlors in the San Gabriel Valley cities of El Monte and South El Monte. The victims reported that Xing pressured them into performing commercial sex acts at the massage parlors, court papers state. Xing allegedly coerced victims by all manner of threats, including threating to report their prostitution to police, threatening to expose their immigration status, and implicitly threatening to have them murdered. Xing allegedly told the victims she could make good on her threats because of her relationships with the government, the police, and the criminal underworld, according to court documents.

            Xing has been in federal custody since her arrest in this matter in April.

            An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

            If convicted, Xing would face a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison for each count and a statutory maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

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