Feds: Trio ran brothel in Gwinnett apartments for more than 10 years

A federal grand jury indictment says three people ran a makeshift brothel in two Gwinnett County apartments.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

A federal grand jury indictment says three people ran a makeshift brothel in two Gwinnett County apartments.

Three people have been accused by federal prosecutors of running a prostitution ring for more than 10 years, shuffling women in and out of a makeshift brothel in rotations.

Xiaohong Huang, also known as “Michelle” or “Jenny;” Chan Kong Chow, also known as Blake Wong; and Biyun Gong were indicted on a federal conspiracy charge related to the prostitution ring, which allegedly trafficked Asian women from states as far flung as California and New York. Huang and Chow were also indicted on a federal charge of conspiracy to engage in money laundering.

Federal agents raided the apartments and a Johns Creek home owned by Huang last month. The indictment was filed May 24.

Two Gwinnett County apartments in a Global Forum Boulevard complex just on the other side of the DeKalb border were leased in Huang’s name beginning in December 2005. The complex is not named in the indictment. Apartments on that road have Atlanta and Doraville addresses but advertise access to Gwinnett County Public Schools.

The women were hired to work in the brothel for 10- to 12-day rotations after Huang enticed them to travel from other states during phone calls, the indictment said. The indictment specifies that the women working in the brothel and the male “customers” were of Asian descent.

Chow picked sex workers up from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and brought them to the apartments on multiple occasions between 2015 and 2016, the indictment said. He was also seen on multiple occasions throwing bags containing dozens of used condoms and condom wrappers into an outdoor trash bin.

Huang was seen accepting a white envelope from Gong shortly after multiple men left the brothel on one occasion in February 2016, the indictment said.

Chow and Huang attempted to launder the money they made from the brothel through two Harrah’s casinos in western North Carolina and through bank accounts controlled by Huang, the indictment alleges.

Neighbors at the apartment complex told Channel 2 Action News they had long suspected something wasn’t right.

“I constantly saw older Asian men down here smoking, walking in and out, new faces and it didn’t make me feel good at all,” neighbor Ramiro Myorga told Channel 2.

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