SAN FRANCISCO -- Sisters accused of running a sex trafficking ring in San Francisco were charged Wednesday with several counts of pimping and pandering.
San Francisco women, Qiao "Judy" He, 37, and her sister Gaineng He, 36, were arrested Monday after a five-month joint investigation with the state Attorney General's Office, San Francisco police and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
Between the two of them they were charged with 16 counts of pimping and pandering and conspiracy, according to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, which is prosecuting the case.
Both women have been released on $50,000 bail.
Their arrest stems from an investigation that began in January with the state Attorney General's Office's Tax Recovery and Criminal Enforcement Task Force, or TRaCE, looking into alleged sex trafficking out of San Francisco's Richmond and Sunset districts.
Investigators said "johns" were apparently paying up to $200 to have sex with young Asian women at local brothels.
According to the state Attorney General's Office, undercover agents were told "new girls" were brought in every Sunday.
Search warrants were executed on May 7 at four locations in the city: 385 Seventh Ave. and 4719 Geary Blvd., Unit No. 601 in the Richmond District and 2094 and 1511 24th Ave. in the Sunset District.
The TRaCE Task Force, created at the start of the year, includes members of the FBI, state Franchise Tax Board, state Board of Equalization, state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and other agencies.
Both He sisters are scheduled to be arraigned Friday.
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