This article about a man accused of running a prostitution ring in Loudoun County incorrectly said that he lives in the River Creek neighborhood. He lives in the Potomac Station neighborhood.
Authorities In Raid Say Man Sold Sex on Web
Sunday, February 22, 2009
A nationwide prostitution ring, allegedly run online by a man living in a Loudoun County townhouse, was discovered and possibly broken Friday when sheriff's deputies raided the townhouse and arrested the man.
The alleged pimp, Yul Na, 37, might have had access to as many as 400 women across the country, Loudoun Sheriff Stephen O. Simpson said yesterday. Na is said to have advertised the women online under the name CSH Entertainment. Simpson said CSH was an abbreviation for Captain Save-a-Ho, a phrase that contains a slang term for a prostitute.
Na moved to Loudoun five weeks ago from California, Simpson said, and was living in the 43000 block of Sherbrooke Terrace in the River Creek neighborhood just outside Leesburg. Na was charged with one count of procurement or receiving money for prostitution and was being held without bond last night in the Loudoun jail.
Simpson said he did not know how many people might be involved in Na's operation but speculated that there are others.
Loudoun Commonwealth's Attorney James E. Plowman said he is going to meet with sheriff's investigators Tuesday to discuss additional charges that could be filed.
There was no indication that illicit sexual activity occurred at Na's residence, Simpson said, adding that the townhouse was the "base of operations."
Investigators are still piecing together the details, but Simpson said he believed that the prostitution ring started with advertising on such Web sites as Craigslist, Adult Friend Finder and Backpage. When a man wanted to hire a woman for sex, he started the transaction online, and Simpson said the man probably had to have an electronic account to pay.
Na allegedly would contact a woman in the area where the man lived and arrange for the two to communicate online, Simpson said. If arrangements for a meeting were made, the man would pay in advance, and that would enable a middleman such as Na to collect his share, Simpson said.
Simpson said he did not know whether the number of women came from computers or documents seized from Na's residence Friday or directly from the suspect. "He was cooperative, let's put it that way," the sheriff said.
Authorities said Na is wanted in California on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Simpson did not know the nature of the underlying case.
Investigators were tipped to possible illegal activity on Sherbrooke Terrace about five weeks ago, the sheriff said. Although he said he did not know of any sex for money in Loudoun, Simpson said Na might have been active in "some neighboring jurisdictions," without specifying where.
Authorities are not sure how long Na might have been in business. "I would have to think he's been at this awhile, with the contacts he's got," Simpson said. "He was a West Coast guy. Now he's an East Coast guy."