Woman who worked in ND brothels gets plea deal

A woman who worked as a prostitute at brothels operated in Minot, Dickinson and Williston from 2012 to 2014 has pleaded guilty to her involvement in the operation.

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A woman who worked as a prostitute at brothels operated in Minot, Dickinson and Williston from 2012 to 2014 has pleaded guilty to her involvement in the operation.
At a change of plea hearing set for March 2, Thuy Nhu Hoang will admit to conspiring to transport an individual across state lines to engage in prostitution, and conspiring to travel and use the Internet and phone to facilitate the brothels, court records say. Among other assistance, she signed a lease on the house for the Dickinson brothel.
The investigation into the brothels has already resulted in federal charges against Hoang’s alleged co-conspirators, Trina Nguyen and Loc Bao Tran. Charges against them include interstate transportation of individuals for prostitution, interstate transportation in aid of a racketeering enterprise and collection of extensions of credit by extortionate means.
It’s unclear if Hoang will testify against Nguyen or Tran.
According to the plea agreement filed Wednesday, Hoang responded to an advertisement placed by Nguyen and Tran seeking employees to work at a “massage/spa” in North Dakota. When she learned she’d work as a prostitute, she began periodic flights between California and North Dakota.
Along with working as a prostitute at “The Mann’s Club” in Minot, Hoang loaned Nguyen money to open another brothel in Williston, and assisted in opening the Dickinson brothel by letting her name be included on the lease agreement. She gave a portion of the money she made as a prostitute to Nguyen and Tran.
But according to the charges against that duo, coercion was involved with at least some of the women working as prostitutes. Investigators allege that Nguyen and/or Tran engaged in extortion, targeting some of their employees.
One victim arranged to borrow several thousand dollars from Nguyen and Tran while working for them in 2013. She signed a promissory note to obtain the money, requiring interest payment of 10 percent each month. The woman signed the note, which was written in English, though she could not read or understand English.When the woman was unable to make further payments, an associate of Nguyen’s went to her house and said if she didn’t pay him, he would send someone else and “she would have a headache,” according to court records.
Nguyen and Tran’s anticipated nine-day trial would be delayed until June.
Under her plea deal, Hoang faces a maximum of five years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.
Hoang’s Williston-based defense attorney, Jeff Nehring, wasn’t in the office to return a call for comment Thursday.
Lymn is a reporter for The Dickinson Press. Contact her at 701-456-1211.

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