Feds: Hawaii brothel owner bribed agents for protection

Feds: Hawaii brothel owner bribed agents for protection

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Homeland Security investigators say an alleged Hawaii brothel owner tried to bribe agents in exchange for protection from raids, help with the U.S. citizenship test and recruitment of prostitutes.

A criminal complaint filed Tuesday in federal court accuses Biyu Situ of bribing Homeland Security Investigations special agents last year. The document says she made the offer after two Chinese women at her massage parlor were arrested for prostitution. She allegedly told the agents she wants the same arrangement her friend has with a Honolulu law enforcement officer.

The agents say they turned down the bribe, along with an offer of sex.

Months later in an undercover sting, she allegedly paid an agent $5,000 for protection and promised more when her business improved.

She couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday.

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