Cam Da Le, Nail Salon Manager, Allegedly Pimped Out Worker Who Was Only Paid Tips

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Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's office
Nail salon manager Cam Da Le is accused of pimping out a worker paid only in tips.

To hear authorities tell it, Cam Da Le's Garden Grove nail salon buffed more than just toenails and fingernails, as the 47-year-old is accused of pimping out a female worker there.

Salon manager Le is accused of instructing the 25-year-old woman to perform sex acts on a customer on April 30--as well as only letting the victim collect tips she earned on the job, according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA). To put it another way, Le paid the worker no hourly wage nor a cut of what was earned as a prostitute.

An Orange Police Department investigation into whether the nail salon was acting as a brothel led to a sting operation where the worker's prostitution services were offered to an undercover cop, the OCDA claims.

Le's arrest is part of what a law enforcement official has described to me as a "paradigm shift" in the way prostitution is viewed in California. Those on their knees and backs servicing johns are now seen as victims, the source says, while their pimps are treated as human traffickers.

It is under California's anti-human trafficking Prop. 35 and the OCDA's Human Exploitation And Trafficking Unit (HEAT) that Garden Grove resident Le is being prosecuted. She faces felony counts of pimping and pandering that, with convictions, could have her buffing nails in state prison for six years.

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Melody Ackroyd
Melody Ackroyd

Why is this girl facing more time than the chick that starved her daughter to 18 pounds

James Boyle
James Boyle

"Oh, yu laihk massage? I see yu very excited- lemme take care of yu..." There is not many out there who are truly dedicated to 'customer service'.

Thomas Nguyen
Thomas Nguyen

There is a demand and there will be supply and that has been old like the earth.

Bernie_Bernstein
Bernie_Bernstein

Send that nasty looking old hag back to Vietnam where she belongs

Trinity Godmother
Trinity Godmother

As if. The ads that are IN OC Weekly make it clear what the intention of these salons are. But let's act surprised anyways!

Shalaine Gomez
Shalaine Gomez

It seems like all Chinese, Vietnamese salons or massage places are like that.

Natalie Oropeza
Natalie Oropeza

Melissa Garcia wish we woulda known about this spot!!

Alexa Covington
Alexa Covington

I know there are "massage" places in OC that do the same thing..... How come no one goes after them.?

Hung Ho
Hung Ho

This place mostly likely got busted either because someone complained or they didn't pay someone off.

Vee Gizzle
Vee Gizzle

Worker: hello, beautiful nail today? Customer: No I came to nail u beautiful

Vee Gizzle
Vee Gizzle

Worker: Hello, pedicure? Customer: No, a pe.díck.ure pls

Vee Gizzle
Vee Gizzle

Who cares, not like she was forcing the worker. Not like they robbing people. In Amsterdam, they do this everyday and it's perfectly legal. Happy worker, happy customer, and happy manager. They just gotta pay up that tax on the 100 bucks they made

Cece Zenitram
Cece Zenitram

What Bac Nguyen Wth? Only reason I go to garden grove is for boiling crab! And banh mi banh bao pate chaud and Pho tai!

Ruben Vera
Ruben Vera

Hahahaha I like how you tagged Jim

Robert Simmons
Robert Simmons

Poor Chris isn't getting the attention he is craving.

Tom Stitch Salazar
Tom Stitch Salazar

Whoa! That place is right around the corner from my pad! But I would never pay for a service like that!!!! I can cut my own fingernails!

Minnie Leal
Minnie Leal

Orange County is saturated with nail salons owned and operated by Asians.....wanna be masseuse !!!!!!

Martin Gilbert
Martin Gilbert

I jus wonder, Y U CALLING them names? Like U wouldn't go to such places?

Steve Ramirez
Steve Ramirez

Holy fucking shit. Our OC residents, everybody.

Martin Gilbert
Martin Gilbert

wonder, if they release name of customers, that would be cool, maybe some of my co- workers names come up, married and haters and tellin` me they were hotter than my chicks,they always bragged about going to such places, he, he

Andrew J. Boulter
Andrew J. Boulter

My tax dollars hard at work.. I can't even get a fricken loan with good credit.

jennyle221
jennyle221

What about white american woman they are the same, more white then asian, get out the hole and see the real worlds

MasrOmElDonya
MasrOmElDonya

You just said it yourself. "In Amsterdam, they do this everyday and it's perfectly legal". Totally irrelevant. We're not discussing the law in Amsterdam. They bring the workers here into the US illegally, snatch their passports upon arrival, and force them to do despicable things for little to no wage and force them to live in inhumane conditions. Its essentially slavery.

Its not like the workers have the option to leave. To go where exactly? The authorities who will bust them for being here illegally? To say these girls are taken advantage of is an understatement. They typically are uneducated, have zero rights, and have no one to turn to. Who are you to judge what these girls should have done?

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