Former Sunderland woman gets 5 years in sex trafficking case

  • Fengling Liu is seen at her arraignment in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown in December 2016. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS​​​

Staff Writer
Published: 9/3/2019 7:50:12 PM

NORTHAMPTON — A former Sunderland woman was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for her role in a sex trafficking operation run from locations in Hadley, Framingham and East Longmeadow.

Fengling Liu, 53, now of Quincy, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to 15 different charges involving three cases that stem from a 2016 investigation of several massage businesses, including one at 215 Russell St. in Hadley.

As part of a plea deal, Liu pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking for sexual servitude, three counts of conspiracy, three counts of money laundering, three counts of deriving support from prostitution and three counts of keeping a house of prostitution.

She was sentenced to five years in prison on one of the sex trafficking charges, which is the mandatory minimum sentence for that charge. Her sentences on all other charges will run concurrent to the five-year sentence.

Charges against Liu’s husband, Jian Song, and her daughter, Ting Ting Yin, both of Quincy, were dropped by the prosecution as part of the plea deal. The two had been facing the same 15 charges as Liu. At the time of the investigation, Jian Song was living in Sunderland and Ting Ting Yin in New York.

An Acura SUV and cash also were forfeited as part of the case and separate from the plea deal.

The charges were the result of a joint investigation by the Northwestern district attorney’s Anti-Crime Task Force and the Massachusetts attorney general’s office into Hadley Massage Therapy, at 215 Russell St. The investigation widened to include Feng Shui Healthy Spa in East Longmeadow and Massage Body Work in Framingham. All three businesses were registered with the secretary of state’s office to Fengling Liu.

In court, Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Vasiliades said that men coming out of the establishments told police that they had had sexual acts performed on them there. Vasiliades also said that Fengling Liu would transport female employees to and from the businesses and that multiple victims were interviewed, including one from Hadley who told prosecutors that in addition to being charged $10 a day to live at the Hadley establishment, Fengling Liu took a cut from each transaction.

Liu, along with her husband and daughter, were arrested in December 2016.

In a statement read by her attorney, Robert Jubinville, and prior to her sentencing, Liu said she was a U.S citizen who had emigrated from China. She expressed remorse for her actions and asked Judge John Agostini for leniency. She cried prior to her sentencing.

“I realize that what I have done is terrible,” Liu said in the statement read by her attorney. “I will never do the same thing again.”

Jubinville was critical of the mandatory minimum sentence that Liu would be serving on the charge of sex trafficking.

“She has no prior criminal record in her life. Has never hurt physically any person that I know of on this Earth,” said Jubinville. “But you’ll have to put her in a cage for five years.”

Liu was given 36 days of credit on her sentence, and Agostini chose to waive the court fees for all three defendants.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.




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