Man arrested in Austin allegedly part of international human trafficking ring
A man arrested in Austin is part of an international human trafficking ring that has victimized at least 16 Chinese women, according to the McLennan County Sheriff's Office.
Detectives arrested Hang Zheng in Austin for engaging in organized crime. He is accused of transporting women around Texas for prostitution arrangements set up with co-conspirators in New York.
Ling Yu was also arrested and is currently being held in the McLennan County Jail.
Investigators say the ring was bringing women in from China. The McLennan County Sheriff's Office says it began as a human trafficking investigation in the Waco area -- and expanded to Houston, Austin and then New York City as the primary suspect location.
The sheriff's office says $20,000 in cash and a Rolex watch valued at approximately $38,000, was seized at Zheng's home in March.
Currently there are outstanding warrants for Zhao Chen Shi and Xubin Zou, both for engaging in organized crime.
The victimized women were sent to Waco, Houston, Austin, Brooklyn, Queens, Indianapolis, Washington D.C., Boston, New Orleans, Galveston, Victoria, and Canada, according to the sheriff's office.
Yu and Zheng are both being held on a $250,000 bond while Zheng also has an immigration detainer.