Busted: How police brought down a tech-savvy prostitution network in Bellevue

The tenant of an upscale Bellevue apartment building grew suspicious when she noticed men of “all ages and body sizes” visiting a neighbor “at all hours of the day.” She contacted Bellevue police in April 2015, setting in motion an eight-month investigation.(Illustration by Gabriel Campanario)
The tenant of an upscale Bellevue apartment building grew suspicious when she noticed men of “all ages and body sizes” visiting a neighbor “at all hours of the day.” She contacted Bellevue police in April 2015, setting in motion an eight-month investigation. (Illustration by Gabriel Campanario)

Local tech workers used computer skills to help create websites where men would promote and rate South Korean prostitutes working in upscale Bellevue apartments. The escalation of activity led a prosecutor to conclude that a group of “sex buyers” had become an organized criminal enterprise.

Featured Video Stories