Man at head of Bay Area prostitution ring sentenced

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)

A San Mateo man at the head of a Bay Area prostitution ring that trafficked women from overseas has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/2lb480w ) that 60-year-old Allen Fong pleaded guilty to 32 counts, including racketeering and money laundering, for running day-to-day operations at a series of brothels in San Bruno, San Mateo and Santa Clara between 2006 and 2014.

Fong was sentenced to 46 months in prison and ordered to pay a $5.3 million penalty for his role in the international trafficking enterprise.

Prosecutors say Fong set up advertisements and acted as a landlord for the brothels. He would also transfer thousands of dollars to associates in Singapore. The trafficked women came from Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

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