FREMONT — A Bay Area male is in sovereign control and available extradition to Texas, where he is set to face sovereign charges that lay he set adult sex trafficking websites on an general scale, raking in $21 million in deduction within a two-year span.
Wilhan Martono, 46, was arrested Wednesday in Fremont, and was being reason Thursday in a Santa Rita Jail on a no-bail hold. In entrance days, a U.S. Marshals are approaching to pierce him to Dallas, Texas, where he is confronting 28 sovereign counts.
The charges embody conspiracy, graduation and facilitation of prostitution, racketeering, and some-more than a dozen income laundering charges. The complaint opposite Martono alleges that his sites enclosed not usually adult harlotry “services,” though ads featuring “numerous child trafficking victims,” including one who was identified as a 13-year-old lady who was discovered in Texas final November.
The website names enclosed “CityXGuide,” and “BodyRubShop,” as good as an alteration on a barbarous adult services website Backpage, that was close down by a sovereign supervision in Apr 2018. The complaint alleges that Martono initial purchased a CityXGuide domain in 2004, though in 2018 — after a tumble of Backpage — he voiced a enterprise to flog things into overdrive.
A month after Backpage was close down, Martono allegedly purchased a domain called “New Backpage.” In Jan 2019, in an email sell with a “promoter,” he voiced a enterprise to take over, “from where Backpage left off,” a complaint alleges.
The sites authorised users to hunt for sex workers in 5 continents and some-more than 14 cities in a United States, including San Jose, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Las Vegas, and San Diego, a complaint says. Users could collect from a operation of services, all from massage and “lunch dates” to a operation of specific passionate acts.
Users were approaching to compensate electronically with Bitcoin or present cards, that make it harder for authorities to track, a complaint alleges. The websites were set adult with earthy addresses listed in a Hong Kong apartment, and phone numbers that went behind to a skill government association there, prosecutors say.
During a investigation, authorities tracked 16 opposite handle transfers from Nov 2018 to May 2019, in that Martono deposited thousands of present cards that combined adult to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
As partial of a indictment, a U.S. Department of Justice is relocating to seize a essence of 12 bank accounts allegedly operated by Martono, as good as an undisclosed volume of china bullion that was allegedly purchased from a business in Singapore.