Investigators are accusing 51-year-old Xiaoli Gao and 49-year-old Zhong Wei Zhang money laundering acquired through a Chinese massage business in the nearby area owned by Gao via a prostitution operation, KDVR reports.
Gao and Zhang are being charged with crimes related to prostitution and pimping along with filing a false tax return, money laundering, and violations of Colorado’s Organized Crime Control Act.
The indictment alleges that Gao and Zhang were running a brothel out of a southwest Denver home, according to KDVR.
A next-door neighbor to the home claims he witnessed dozens of men making visits to the house at all hours of the day. The neighbor also said he sometimes counted up to 30 customers on a given day.
The neighbor told investigators his wife contacted the human trafficking hotline after things got out of hand and started making its way over to his property and the married couple was concerned for their safety.
“That call was the sole information that we had to start this investigation,” Lara Mullin said, who’s a deputy district attorney for the Denver District Attorney’s Office. Lara Mullin is in charge of the human trafficking unit.
“Investigators found over 100 used condoms, a paper with Chinese characters that appeared to be a ledger, KY gel containers and used tissues when they searched the trash outside of the house,” according to the indictment and KDVR.
There were also sex-related advertisements found by investigators posted on Backpage.com that listed prices for services that were sex-related.
There was also a surveillance camera capturing footage outside the home that caught 257 men going to and from the house who visited for 30 minutes or less between the months of March and August 2018.
Featured Image: Xiaoli Gao (Left) and Zhong Wei Zhang (Right) (Credit: KDVR / Denver County)
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