The former owner of a Federal Way nightclub that was a front for prostitution and money laundering was sentenced today to six years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Chang Young Kim, 59, of Milton, pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy to transport individuals for prostitution, conspiracy to engage in money laundering, bribery of a public official and tax evasion.
Kim, former owner of The Blue Moon in Federal Way, was indicted in January 2012. Investigators say the club recruited women from overseas to work as “bar girls” who would entertain male clients and set up further meetings for paid sex. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the women had to use the money to repay their travel and living expenses.
Prosecutors say Kim also paid $15,000 in bribes to an undercover officer in an attempt to get advance word of any inspections as well as favorable treatment from immigration authorities.