Federal agents arrested a woman featured on America's Most Wanted at a Conn. casino
An Soon Kim, 52, was pulled off the casino floor of Mohegan Sun by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents Friday night.
Kim is wanted in New York for conspiracy to engage in human trafficking and interstate transportation of women for the purpose of prostitution, according to federal prosecutors.
In November, she was featured on the show America's Most Wanted as a brothel owner who had been on the run since her arrest in 2006. A tipster alerted the show that Kim was a regular at Mohegan Sun, according to the America's Most Wanted website.
Kim's 2006 arrest was part of a wide-ranging federal investigation into human trafficking of women forced into prostitution, authorities said.
According to the complaints, recruiters would find women in Korea who wanted to come to the United States, usually to make money to support their families. Those recruiters would arrange transportation for the women, sometimes using fake documents, other times they would be smuggled into the U.S. from Canada or Mexico.
By the time the women were in the United States, they owed the recruiters thousands of dollars, and were forced to pay off the debt by working in brothels up and down the East Coast.
Kim owned one of those brothels in New York, prosecutors said.
Brothel owners would take the women's passports or other identification and threaten to report them to authorities if they tried to leave, according to the complaints.
Kim appeared before a federal judge in Hartford Monday. She waived her right to hearings, and was expected to be transferred to New York to face charges from her 2006 arrest.