May 21, 2024


Usually held in secret, the “present trigger hearings” will decide whether or not there’s sufficient proof to prosecute the alleged intercourse consumers.

An unique brothel ring was working out of three models at 90 Fawcett St. in Cambridge, in response to federal prosecutors. Nathan Klima for The Boston Globe, File

Closed-door courtroom hearings for the 28 individuals accused of shopping for intercourse from brothels in Larger Boston and Virginia will now be open to the media following a Thursday courtroom ruling. 

Usually held in secret, the “present trigger hearings” will decide whether or not there’s sufficient proof to prosecute the alleged intercourse consumers, whom authorities haven’t but recognized. The U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace introduced Monday that officers are in search of state prices in opposition to the 28 people and have filed purposes for legal complaints with Cambridge District Courtroom. 

Upon saying the arrests of three alleged brothel operators final month, appearing U.S. Legal professional Joshua S. Levy stated that the industrial intercourse ring — which reportedly functioned out of flats in Cambridge, Watertown, and the Washington, D.C. suburbs — catered to a “rich and well-connected clientele” that included politicians, navy officers, and enterprise executives. 

Levy’s workplace stated Monday that the names of the alleged johns can be launched solely after the courtroom had discovered possible trigger for legal prices. Nonetheless, Cambridge District Courtroom Clerk-Justice of the Peace Sharon Shelfer Casey opened the present trigger hearings to the media following requests from the Boston Globe, NBC10 Boston, and WBUR.

“The presumption of present trigger hearings being closed and defending the privateness rights of people accused of misdemeanor crimes has been an extended standing and necessary follow of the Courtroom,” Casey wrote within the ruling, revealed in full by NBC10 Boston. “Nonetheless, the Courtroom has acknowledged the very restricted exception the place official public curiosity outweighs the people’ privateness rights.”

Cambridge District Courtroom is within the technique of scheduling these hearings, in response to Casey. 

Affidavits filed in federal courtroom in Boston final month revealed extra particulars concerning the meticulous record-keeping and large sums of money that allegedly went into sustaining the brothels. Based on prosecutors, Han “Hana” Lee, 41, of Cambridge, was the suspected ringleader. She is charged together with Junmyung Lee, 30, of Dedham, and James Lee, 68, of Torrance, Calif. with violating the Mann Act, a federal regulation focusing on interstate prostitution. 

All three are being held whereas they await trial.