Officials are hoping that victims of an alleged organized crime ring in Chinatown will come forward after more members appeared in court yesterday.
The members were charged as part of a federal indictment that netted 26 people for organized crime conspiracy.
Five members ranging in age from 23 to 46 from Quincy, Malden and Somerville had court detention hearings yesterday.
“This criminal organization is alleged to have … threatened and beat up individuals who failed to pay off large illegal debts, and moved women around the country to work in their brothels,” said U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz.
With the members now facing a judge, prosecutors are hoping victims can feel comfortable coming forward.