3 accused of running Irvine brothel; charges include human trafficking


Three people accused of running a high-end brothel in Irvine are being arraigned Monday, the Orange County district attorney’s office announced.

Two men — Gin Woo Park, 41, and Heung Soon Kim, 56, both of Los Angeles — leased an apartment in Irvine, and they, along with a woman — Miyoun Kim, 56, of Newport Beach — are accused of turning it into a brothel and “inducing several female victims” to have sex for money, the prosecutor’s office said.

Undercover officers with the Irvine Police Department contacted the brothel and arrested the three defendants Thursday, the office said.


Park faces two felony counts of human trafficking and 13 felony counts each of pimping and pandering. Heung Kim faces the same. Miyoun Kim faces six felony counts each of pimping and pandering.

They are accused of conspiring to commit the crimes between June 1, 2012, and Aug. 21 of this year.

If convicted, the district attorney’s office said, Park and Heung Kim would face 40 years and eight months in state prison, and Miyoun Kim would face 12 years and eight months.

The office said it would request that bail be set at $1 million each for the men and $250,000 for the woman.

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