Originally published in The Seattle Times by Lynn Thompson, 26 July 2017 —
BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON, USA — Men cruised the hallway of an upscale Bellevue apartment building, checking their cellphones and scanning the unit numbers before pausing at a door that swung open even before they knocked.
A neighbor grew suspicious and alerted police, saying she believed the woman living down the hall was involved in sex work.
The men “are all ages and body sizes,” the tipster wrote in an April 2015 email to Bellevue police. They visit “at all hours of the day.”
The email set in motion an eight-month investigation that revealed South Korean prostitutes were working out of a dozen luxury Bellevue apartments. The young women, who often spoke limited English, were hired by an “agency” and worked in the apartment for several weeks before they moved on to other cities…Read more here