“(The) women were told they could be models, or that they would be supported to become K-pop singers,” a police spokesman said.
Once they arrived, their passports were allegedly taken from them and they were locked into two houses in Ilsan and Paju, two cities north of Seoul. They were allegedly sold to a massage parlor for the equivalent of $1,650 each.
After being rescued from the massage parlors, the women were moved to a shelter where police said they seemed “traumatized.”
“We think that there could be more people involved in the operation and possibly someone above who was organizing,” the spokesman said.
He said it’s rare to see South American victims in South Korean sex trafficking cases.