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Authorities have arrested two people they say ran a pair of Springfield springfield parlors that were really fronts for prostitution. Sixty-five-year-old Steven Forsley, of Bernardston, and year-old Liu Yang, of Springfield, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges including trafficking of persons for sexual servitude and money laundering. Prosecutors say the businesses had an entirely male clientele and were staffed by young Asian women who slept on site and "rarely, if ever'' left without being accompanied by Yang. Forsley's lawyer also asked for lower bail, saying his client is prostitution veteran with no criminal record and is not a flight risk. In-depth news coverage of the Greater Boston Area. They were arrested Tuesday following a more than six-month investigation.
William Coleman, 49, of Springfield, has been sentenced to months in prison and five years of supervised police, the U. In February, Coleman pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charges. Home Site Edit.
Notification Push Notifications. Coleman used violence and drug addictions - typically heroin - to coerce 8 female victims into engaging in commercial sex acts with paying customers.
Search Nearby. A pimp who ran a sex trafficking ring in Springfield and Hartford has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
A Springfield pimp has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. I'll do it later. The victims were usually required to turn over the money they earned to Coleman, who kept a tight hold on their daily lives, according to court documents.
Victims who did not do as Coleman said were beaten, sexually violated, and drugs were withheld, the U. You've read our articles so we know you like our reporting. Return to your home site. Get important news about your town as it happens.
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