U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Arranging to Meet — Interstate Commerce
United States v. Cho
Judges Walker, Sack and Lynch
Background: The defendant appealed from a judgment of conviction on a number of sex trafficking counts. On appeal, the defendant argued that the evidence was insufficient to establish that he transported a prostitute in interstate commerce.
Ruling: The Second Circuit affirmed. The court found that the evidence that a prostitute had contacted the defendant from Atlantic City seeking a job as a prostitute. The defendant placed the prostitute in contact with another individual. After the prostitute traveled from Atlantic City to New York, the defendant picked up the prostitute and delivered her to a brothel. By agreeing and prearranging the meeting, the defendant engaged in the transportation of a prostitute in interstate commerce.
Donald DuBoulay for the defendant-appellant; Rahul Mukhi, assistant U.S. attorney, for the respondent