NOTE: First published on kiro7.com in Jan. 2016. A KIRO 7 News crew streamed this event live on our website. I wrote this copy as information was streamed lived.
Bellevue brothels, created by a website, held workers against their will and then trafficked them across the west coast, according to local law enforcement.
- 12 brothels in Bellevue
- 12 victims rescued, according to Bellevue police
- Women were victimized in 15 U.S. states
- At least one recent murder is related to the trafficking case
- National prostitution website, reviewboard.net, seized in investigation
How did this happen?
King County Sheriff John Urquhart, the Bellevue police chief, and an FBI special agent held a news conference on Wednesday and announced they investigated reviewboard.net and a website called “The League.”
According to investigators, who call the case backpage.com “on steroids,” reviewboard.net facilitated prostitution and “The League” started the brothels in Bellevue.
Twelve brothels, most that operated out of high-end Bellevue apartments, have been shut down. See where the brothels in Bellevue were located in the map below; click on a “point” for the apartment name.