For release on June 10, 2021
Deputy District Attorney
Human Trafficking Unit
DA, Milpitas PD and U.S. State Department Bust South Bay Brothel Network
A tech businessman and his wife have been charged with running a satellite of brothels in Silicon Valley, human trafficking dozens of women from China, South Korea, and Eastern Europe.
David Davies, 57, and Larong Hu, 38, managed at least six locations in the South Bay. Through these nondescript apartments in San Jose and Milpitas, they rotated more than 100 sex workers before they were sent to other U.S. Cities to continue their usually low paid, illegal work.
The couple are charged with felony human trafficking. They are expected to be arraigned Friday at 1:30 p.m. in Department 24 of the Hall of Justice, in San Jose. They face prison, if convicted.
“People do not have the legal right to treat other people like pack animals,” DA Jeff Rosen said. “This County will spare no effort to track down those who exploit others for profit and prosecute them to fullest extent of the law.”
The Milpitas Police Department, U.S. Department of State, and District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigations, which previously uncovered a network of other Santa Clara County brothels, discovered the latest human trafficking sites. Three were in Milpitas and three were in San Jose, connected to a nationwide network of commercial sex traffickers. Men flowed in and out of the apartments in 30 minute and hour increments. Investigators later found prophylactics and other sex work paraphernalia in the rented rooms.
When the sex workers were interviewed, they said that they would often service 10 to 15 men a day – who found them advertised online and paid Hu through Venmo and PayPal. They were forbidden to leave for days. Their passports were often taken from them to keep them from leaving and required to pay for their own food and daily necessities. One woman said she was there to earn money for her mother’s cancer treatment.
Investigators believe the operation earned hundreds of thousands of dollars. During the arrests, investigators located over sixty thousand dollars in cash.