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S. cities, in order to work temporarily at one of the area’s booming Korean-escort agencies

S. cities, in order to work temporarily at one of the area’s booming Korean-escort agencies

Mueller allegedly told police that his escorts saw an average of five clients per day, with a typical session lasting one hour

So what about the two men, Durnal and Mueller, whom KIRO 7 called sex-trafficking ringleaders who “sold women all over the country?” Nowhere in official court documents do police allege this; at most, Mueller and Durnal are accused of exploiting Korean sex workers-a.k.a. “K-Girls”-within the Seattle area.

But even the case for that is flimsy. Despite initially labeling both men “human traffickers,” police present no substantial evidence in charging documents that local K-Girls were captive or unwilling. By all accounts, these women flew to Seattle voluntarily and without chaperones, usually from other U. The K-Girls were, in essence, independent contractors.

“It is reasonable for women to choose sex work in the US instead of sex work in Korea,” wrote Seattle resident Christina Slater, who describes herself as an “erotic service provider,” in an April blog post about the Review Board bust. “I know that if those were my options…and if I spoke little to no English I would need assistance in finding a work place, scheduling clients, etc.”

The men-both prolific sex buyers themselves-weren’t violent or abusive

This is the main criminal activity alleged of Mueller and Durnal: providing K-girls with live-work space, posting online ads for them, and screening and booking their clients. Continue reading S. cities, in order to work temporarily at one of the area’s booming Korean-escort agencies