Woman sentenced to 8.5 years in MN Sex-trafficking Ring

Woman sentenced to 8.5 years in MN Sex-trafficking Ring Click to Enlarge

ST PAUL - A woman known as one of the "boss ladies" in an international sex-trafficking operation will spend 8.5 years in prison. Hong Jing was one of the ring leaders in an international sex-trafficking ring that exploited foreign-born women from China and Korea.

Jing helped traffic hundreds of women around the Minneapolis metro area to Blaine, Cottage Grove, Maplewood, Oakdale, St. Louis Park and St. Paul as well as to more than 20 other states, court documents said. Meanwhile, she purchased a $1 million home in California and drove a 2017 Mercedes-Benz using money from the operation, authorities said.

She should "thank her lucky stars" it isn't more than 8.5 years in prison, her public defender said during her sentencing Friday morning.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi previously described the case as "the most sophisticated sex-trafficking operation (he'd) ever seen," and both the public defender and the judge said it was one of the most challenging cases in their decades in the courtroom.

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