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Six rescued, two arrested in human trafficking investigation that included Palo Alto brothel

Original post made on Jun 10, 2021

A Milpitas couple was arrested on suspicion of pimping and pandering in connection with brothels in Milpitas, Palo Alto and San Jose, police said Wednesday.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 10, 2021, 11:56 AM

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Posted by Optimist Pessimist Realist
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 10, 2021 at 3:09 pm

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Where in Palo Alto was the brothel? Reminds me of a previous brothel bust in Palo Alto that at least wasn’t human trafficking.


Posted by Efren Delgado
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 10, 2021 at 5:18 pm

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Deja Vu...reminiscent of the late 70s when the PAPD was busting massage parlors in South Palo Alto.

The cops always got their 'evidence' first...prior to making any arrests


Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 10, 2021 at 5:50 pm

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Interesting. Exactly what constitutes a brothel? I think we all think we know, but is there a legal definition? Has a house of disrepute with clients been walking in and out on a daily basis during the lockdown? If this has been going on has it been hiding as a legitimate business, perhaps an essential business?

We really deserve to know exactly what has been going on in our neighborhood, if that is where it has been happening.


Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Jun 10, 2021 at 6:44 pm

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If six female victims of human trafficking were rescued, they were probably underage girls who were forced into sexual exploitation. How sad.


Posted by Keri
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jun 11, 2021 at 3:04 am

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If you could provide a location for the Palo Alto brothel (or nearest cross-streets), we might know what to look for. So glad these women were rescued.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 11, 2021 at 7:35 am

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Also glad they were rescued. Someone in the Crescent Park Neighborhood Assn group posted that it was next door to him but he'd had no idea and included the press release from the Milpitas police.


Posted by Mama
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 11, 2021 at 11:58 am

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Posted by Optimist Pessimist Realist
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 11, 2021 at 1:17 pm

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I hope there’s a follow up article since they’re in court this afternoon. Only 350k bond? Each or together? Were their passports taken from them? I assume so. Is this location a rental or do they own it? If it’s a rental was the landlord complicit (I’d bet not)?


Posted by Christopher Johnson
a resident of Mountain View
on Jun 11, 2021 at 1:50 pm

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Human greed, exploitation, lust, and inhumanity rears its ugly head again.

And these kinds of incidents along with Ponzi schemes and premeditated murder will NEVER end as they are a part of human nature.

God's Earthly experiment is over...time for Armageddon and a new starting point.


Posted by eileen
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 11, 2021 at 10:07 pm

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The police will never reveal where the Palo Alto brothel was. Baad publicity
for our city! My guess it was located in Cresent Park!


Posted by It.is.what.it.is
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 12, 2021 at 1:09 am

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Posted by acs
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 12, 2021 at 1:15 pm

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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 12, 2021 at 1:22 pm

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No. There is no brothel on Tevis. It’s a small cul-de-sac and there are no people coming in and out of the house. David and his ex-wife used to live there 5+ years ago, then it was his ex-wife, and for the past year or two it’s been either David or being remodeled. News reports have stated that David and his current wife lived in Milpitas and that the brothels were in APARTMENTS in Milpitas, San Jose, and Palo Alto.


Posted by eileen
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 12, 2021 at 1:27 pm

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acs, I'm assuming that HU was arrested there too since she is married to Davies. What a creepy couple! I truly hope the police throw the book at these two plus anyone else involved! Holding women hostage in exchange for sex is beyond sick!! Put their clientele in jail too!!


Posted by acs
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 12, 2021 at 1:37 pm

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To eileen: No, I assume that Hu was arrested in Milpitas as the article states. None of us on Tevis even knew that David had remarried. When I've seen him around his house in the last couple years, he's always been alone or with the workmen doing remodeling or landscaping. I doubt Hu has ever been to the house on Tevis.


Posted by It.is.what.it.is
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 12, 2021 at 6:11 pm

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Posted by No heat
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 12, 2021 at 9:26 pm

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The Palo Alto Weekly has a very specific policy around not naming those arrested in order to limit the damage if they're not convicted.

Web Link


Posted by Dex/Covid-Homeless Survivor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 13, 2021 at 10:57 am

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If the partners were making lots of money, they should have donated some of the proceeds to charitable and worthwhile causes/organizations.

Then their defense lawyer could defend them as generous benefactors rather than the blatant criminals they are.

Even the mob donates to the local dioceses in their locales as it is good PR.


Posted by Mabel Carlton
a resident of another community
on Jun 13, 2021 at 12:06 pm

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How shameful...to capture and force young women into lives of involuntary prostitution.

The local Christian churches should unite and take any and all measures necessary to rid Palo Alto of its vile vice and depravity.


Posted by Optimist Pessimist Realist
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 13, 2021 at 12:39 pm

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Palo Alto has had brothels before and will likely have them again. Human trafficking manifests all over the place. [Portion removed due to factual inaccuracies.]


Posted by Who Are We To Judge?
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 13, 2021 at 1:03 pm

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Posted by Jameson
a resident of another community
on Jun 13, 2021 at 3:04 pm

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A brothel can be housed in an elaborate building or a low-key residential dwelling.

There are no mandated architectural design requirements imposed by most city planning departments.

Having been to my share of houses of ill repute both as a Viet Nam veteran and subsequent stint in the Merchant Marine, most are low key operations so as not to attract unecessary attention from either the police or local mobsters.

Brothels can often provide a relaxing and enjoyable outlet for those so inclined.


Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Jun 13, 2021 at 3:32 pm

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There's a big difference between voluntary prostitution (even if it's illegal) and human trafficking -- where underaged girls and women are forced into human trafficking.

Nobody cares who/where you visited during the war, except your wife (if applicable). Society does care about women who are forced into this despicable business. Prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 13, 2021 at 4:15 pm

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Human trafficking is simply another form of kidnapping and enslavement where the women and girls are often killed or harmed if they try to escape. After the women are used up in "upscale" brothels, they're sent down to food chain to where they're servicing more men daily until they finally die.

Their passports were kept to prevent then escaping their fate. Shameful and not at like voluntary prostitution and escort services.


Posted by Optimist Pessimist Realist
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 13, 2021 at 4:23 pm

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I’m sorry the residents of this nice little street are dealing with such a sordid affiliation. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to Davies and Hu.

For those interested in what happened during an illegal brothel visit by former Palo Alto officers Munks and Bolanos. Munks is a Palo Alto native and former sheriff, Bolanos is the current San Mateo County sheriff. Web Link


Posted by Buford Lange
a resident of University South
on Jun 13, 2021 at 5:19 pm

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Is Nevada the only U.S. state where prostitution is legal?

At one time gambling was limited to Atlantic City and Nevada but things have changed with the sanctioning of Indian casinos.

Can legal houses of prostitution be built on Native American lands that have recognized sovereignty?

There is much money that can be made from illicit drugs, sex, and gambling.

To legalize these activities would reduce the number of arrests and subsequent imprisonments resulting in a lower recorded crime rate.


Posted by eileen
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 13, 2021 at 10:15 pm

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Buford Lange, are you suggesting we legalize prostitution so people like Hu and Davies can exploit young women! Guess what, Sex work is a degrading job, leaving women very vulnerable. There are many reasons why women become sex workers, but it is far from being an easy way to earn money; women mainly become involved as a last resort and stay out of desperation. Some women are coerced into it through a forceful or violent partner. No, I think we should ban prostitution and the continued exploitation of young girls!


Posted by Francine LaRoux
a resident of another community
on Jun 14, 2021 at 9:05 am

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Sex work is a degrading job...it is far from being an easy way to earn money; women mainly become involved as a last resort..."

Very true. My mother was a hooker and as a young child I recall coming home from school on various occasions and there would be a strange man in the house.

During the evenings, she would fix me a simple dinner and then depart for the night. Sometimes I wouldn't see her until I returned home from school the following day.

It turned out she did have a pimp who took 75% of her take and who would sometimes beat her for 'low productivity'.

We tried to escape from this brutal lifestyle on several occasions but failed as the pimp always seemed to find us at a roadside motel.

It turned out and unbeknownst to me at the time that this pimp was my biological father and he never married my mother opting instead to put her to work.

At 16, when I first learned of this scenario (following another beating he had inflicted upon my mother) I decided to take matters into my own hands.

In high school there were several youth gangs consisting of aspiring felons who were trying to further extend their reputations and sphere of influence.

And so for a modest fee of $400.00, one of them agreed to a 'contract' hit and they later found my father and beat him to a pulp. He was hospitalized for two months
which gave my mother and me adequate time to escape town and his vengeful grasp.

We eventually settled in the SF Bay Area where my mother found work on an electronics assembly line and where I completed my last year of high school.

To make a long story short, after several years of being a patrol officer, I became a detective working vice and have encountered these kinds of sordid incidents on various occasions.

It bothers me deeply and I have had to be restrained several times by my partner to prevent me from physically harming these scumbag proprietors.

After five years of vice assignments + three years of psychotherapy I have decided to retire.


Posted by Justin Larrabee
a resident of Los Altos
on Jun 14, 2021 at 11:53 am

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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 14, 2021 at 11:58 am

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The story about this trafficking operation has now gone national and it's being reported that these poor women were forced to service 15 men a day while being held in captivity.

$350,000 bail seems very low.


Posted by Justin Larrabee
a resident of Los Altos
on Jun 14, 2021 at 12:09 pm

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> $350,000 bail seems very low.

An arrestee only has to secure 10% of the bail bond to be set free...in this case $3,500.00.


Posted by Optimist Pessimist Realist
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 14, 2021 at 12:41 pm

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“The Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security Services assisted Milpitas police and the District Attorney's Office in the investigation.”

I hope we get to find out more about that.


Posted by Butch Lindstrom
a resident of another community
on Jun 14, 2021 at 12:55 pm

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Cultural perspectives also enter into the picture as this exploitive practice is condoned by many societies outside of the United States.

Thailand is a prime example where age does not make a difference. Everything is available and for sale in Thailand which is why there are so many American and foreign expatriates residing there.

Thailand is a mecca for debauchery.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 14, 2021 at 1:39 pm

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" $350,000 bail seems very low.

An arrestee only has to secure 10% of the bail bond to be set free...in this case $3,500.00."

@Justin Larrabee, my point exactly. A mere pittance given what he's made every day off these poor women.


Posted by Clifton DePaul
a resident of another community
on Jun 14, 2021 at 3:30 pm

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"$350,000 bail seems very low."

"An arrestee only has to secure 10% of the bail bond to be set free...in this case $3,500.00."

√ More like $35,000.00 posted bail.


Posted by We Told You So!
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 15, 2021 at 12:44 pm

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I remember hearing about The Sex Trade 35yrs ago? That is the reason there were so many "Hotels & Hotels" down in South Palo Alto area.
The diversion was placed on East Palo Alto. It got all the Heat for being the Step-Child for such activities.

There was once a "Porn" Theater located on 3898 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA

I wonder when they are going to locate all the rest of the "Houses of Ill repute?"
And Drug Houses that built Wealth inside of Palo Alto?


Posted by Adrian Lochner
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 15, 2021 at 1:45 pm

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South Palo Alto (Evergreen and College Terrace) had its share of massage parlors during the mid 1970s and Barron Park had a strip joint called Garfield's during the 1980s.

As for north/downtown Palo Alto, on the Alma Circle near the now long-gone Smith's Sport Shop was the Paris Theater where moviegoers could catch "Deep Throat" until the PAPD shut the venue down in the early 1970s.

Vice can be found just about anywhere.


Posted by Artemis Beecher
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 15, 2021 at 2:23 pm

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> "Vice can be found just about anywhere."

The seven deadly sins, also known as the capital vices or cardinal sins is a grouping and classification of vices within Christian teachings...according to the standard list, they are pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony and sloth which are contrary to the seven heavenly virtues.

With the possible exception of sloth, most communities (including Palo Alto) tend to embrace the first six.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 15, 2021 at 4:59 pm

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What does that have to do with 2 criminals sex trafficking and enslaving women for profit? It's not like Palo Alto flocked to their doors or excuse sexual abuse like the church leaders of the biggest US denomination meeting right now who are getting such bad press as they try to get even more conservative and even more misogynistic.


Posted by Penelope Roberts
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 15, 2021 at 8:10 pm

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"Vice can be found just about anywhere."

"What does that have to do with 2 criminals sex trafficking and enslaving women for profit?"

Everything & anything....what goes on privately in Palo Alto (oftentimes for money) is no different than anywhere else.

We mustn't be naive to the real world.


Posted by Menlo Resident
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 18, 2021 at 11:24 pm

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The women did not service 15 men a day. They were raped and/or assaulted by 15 men each day.
When talking about slavery, the actions are in fact different than consenting prostitution.


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