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Chicago woman convicted in Lake County sex trafficking case

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A federal jury has found a Chicago woman guilty, following a three-week trial, of human trafficking and involuntary servitude, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana reported on Friday.

Rita Law, 58, was initially charged in October 2013 with transporting a woman in interstate commerce with the intent of engaging in prostitution, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. On the day she was charged, however, Law fled to Hong Kong, where she was subsequently apprehended and extradited back to the U.S. A federal grand jury later brought additional charges against Law: sex trafficking, involuntary servitude, and using an interstate facility to promote prostitution.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Law provided and obtained the labor and services of two victims, by causing them to believe that, if they did not perform the labor and service, they would suffer serious harm and physical restraint

“Law caused both women to work at her ‘spas’ in Northwest Indiana, where they were expected to and did engage in sexual acts in exchange for money with Law’s predominantly male clientele,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “Law’s businesses were called ‘Duneland Spa’ in Lake Station and Gary, and ‘Fun Fun Feet’ in Hobart.”

Law was convicted as well of transporting a woman in interstate commerce with intent that the woman engage in prostitution and of using a telephone to promote and manage prostitution, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Also convicted of using a telephone to promote and manage prostitution was Crystal Wireman, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Wireman worked as a masseuse at Law’s spas in Hobart and Gary and assisted Law in managing her prostitution business.”

The case was investigated by the FBI and Homeland Security, with assistance from the Gary, Hammond, Hobart, Lake Station, and Oak Forest, Ill., police departments and from the Lake County Sheriff’s Police.

 

 

Posted 2/13/2017

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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