In an article we first published June 17th, six people were arrested June 16-17 in connection to a sex traffic sting, according to a news release from the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Six people total were arrested. Several involved in the sex ring lived in the Little River/North Myrtle Beach area.
According to court documents, Ok Hwa Lee and Shanyu Song — said they live in North Myrtle Beach — JinHua Piao, XueJin Bai and Ming Ji Cao conspired to pay bribes to a police officer — (who was posing as a corrupt law enforcement officer) — to receive protection for the operation of illegal massage parlors in Cary, North Carolina and Wilmington, North Carolina, where sex acts were offered.
The case is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security along with Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Wake County Sheriff’s Office, the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, the Cary Police Department, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, the Wilmington Police Department, the Horry County Police Department, the United States Marshals Service, and other state and local investigators are also participating in this comprehensive sex ring investigation.