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South Korean extortion suspect repatriated from US

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The undated file photo shows the Supreme Prosecutor’s office in Seoul. (Yonhap)

A South Korean anti-prostitution activist, who fled to the United States in 2019 after being wanted for extortion, has been flown home, prosecutors said Friday.

The Supreme Prosecutors Office (SPO) said the 40-year-old fugitive, whose name has not been released, was captured in the United States in December and returned to South Korea on Thursday as a a forced eviction.

He was put on a wanted list for extorting money from prostitution establishments in collusion with gangsters while working as the deputy leader of a civic group that calls itself a “death eradication group.” prostitution of women and young people”.

The leader of the civic group, which was established in April 2016 and registered as a private non-profit organization in Gyeonggi Province in November 2018, has already been convicted of extortion and sentenced to 3½ years in prison. jail in 2020.

A local court also upheld a 2.5-year jail term for the fugitive group’s deputy leader on the same charges in February last year.

The two are accused of taking over prostitution and adult entertainment establishments in Gyeonggi, which surrounds Seoul, with the help of organized criminal networks. They are also suspected of using violence and committing various illegalities to extort profits from the owners of these establishments.

The SPO said it cooperated closely with Homeland Security Investigations, an investigative arm of the US Department of Homeland Security, after confirming the fugitive was illegally staying in the United States. He was arrested in Virginia in December, he noted. (Yonhap)