A Rowland Heights man was arraigned Friday in state court in Santa Ana for operating a brothel out of an apartment in Irvine and another such operation in Torrance.
Gao Yang Zhou, 34, was charged with 12 counts, including conspiracy to commit pimping and pandering. If convicted on all charges, he could face a maximum of 11 years and eight months in state prison.
A co-defendant, Yuzhen Xie, 32, also of Rowland Heights, faces the same charges and sentence as Zhou and is currently a fugitive.
Zhou is due in court for a pre-trial hearing Dec. 20.
By CHRISTOPHER EARLEY / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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