HAMMOND | A federal complaint against a Chicago woman was unsealed Tuesday, alleging the woman transported women from elsewhere to engage in prostitution in three Lake County cities.
Ruth Law, 55, is suspected of having operated the prostitution ring out of massage parlors in Lake Station, Hobart and Gary.
Law was taken into custody in October after deplaning from a Cathay Pacific airline flight in Hong Kong, according to the complaint.
The Hong Kong office of Homeland Security Investigations coordinated with the Hong Kong Department of Justice and the Hong Kong Police Force to arrest and extradite Law back to the United States to face charges.
Charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the FBI with the assistance of Hong Kong authorities.
According to the federal affidavit, an Asian woman was arrested Sept. 3 on prostitution-related charges by Gary police during a sting operation at the Duneland Spa at 3549 Broadway.
A witness to the federal charges against Law told police he was a customer at a Lake Station location of the spa when he helped Law get a lease for the Gary operation. The Lake Station spa operated between 2007 and 2010.
The witness told police he also assisted Law in obtaining a lease for the Fun Fun Feet spa in Hobart.
The witness told police he knew prostitution was going on at the Duneland Spa, the affidavit states. At Law's direction the witness would pick up employees from or drop off employees at the airport in Chicago, some arriving from California, the East Coast or Washington. Many were Asian but some were Hispanic, the witness told police.
The affidavit states the witness told police he helped Law because she was a controlling person and he did not want his wife to know he had engaged in prostitution.