Mississippi spa owner to enter plea in sex-trafficking case

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) – Federal court records show a Korean national accused of engaging in human trafficking while she was operating a spa as a front for sex slaves and laundering money has decided to plead guilty to a charge of money laundering.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1RJzGkM) 41-year-old Yeon Sook Hwang, of Biloxi, had been set to go trial in July. Her attorney has informed the courts Hwang has decided to plead guilty to one charge in exchange for the government dismissing some of the remaining charges.

A federal grand jury indicted Hwang on Oct. 6 on charges of human-trafficking and conspiracy to commit money laundering, and four counts of money laundering.

Hwang headed up operations at JJ Spa and Massage parlor in the St. Martin community.

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