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Racketeering Judgment Against Del. Massage Parlor Operator

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SMYRNA, Del.- Prosecutors say the operator of a criminal enterprise run out of several massage parlors he owned throughout Delaware has been found liable of three violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (R.I.C.O.) statute.

The Delaware Department of Justice alleged that Da Zhong Wang, 55, formerly of Smyrna, profited from prostitution by owning and operating a series of brothels in Middletown, Smyrna, Dover and Rehoboth from 2010 to 2015.

After a number of community complaints, Delaware State Police conducted sting operations at locations in Middletown and Rehoboth. Those resulted in a conviction of Wang on a count of permitting prostitution and Wang’s license was revoked by the Division of Professional Regulation.

DOJ attorneys filed a civil suit against Wang alleging racketeering, the first of its kind in Delaware involving human trafficking.

A civil trial earlier this year resulted in a finding by a Superior Court judge this week that Wang is liable for three RICO violations.

Wang faces up to $100,000 in civil penalties for each of the three violations and with the state intending to seek the maximum available penalty of $300,000.

The 28-page court decision with more detail can be found here.

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