Gao Yang Zhou Gets Four Years for Running the Best Little Whorehouse in Irvine

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's office
Gao Yang Zhou actually oversaw three whoring spots.
Gao Yang Zhou, the 35-year-old operator of what was once the best little whorehouse in Irvine, cut a deal with an Orange County Superior Court judge that had him pleading guilty Monday to operating a brothel in exchange for four years in state prison.

The Rowland Heights resident faced a maximum of 11 years and eight months in prison if he was convicted without a guilty plea, the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) said at Zhou's arraignment in December.

Gao Yang Zhou Accused of Running the Best Little Whorehouse in ... Irvine?

He pleaded guilty Monday to 12 felony counts, including three felony counts each of pimping, pandering, money laundering, and one felony count each of conspiracy to commit pimping, conspiracy to commit pandering, conspiracy to commit money laundering, with a sentencing enhancement for money laundering over $50,000.

Zhou traveled to Irvine in search of an apartment, and an accomplice signed a lease to an Alton Parkway unit, which Zhou then turned into a residential brothel. Three women worked there as prostitutes, and Zhou paid the expenses, which included advertising.

He also solicited clients for a brothel at an Extended Stay America in Torrance and oversaw the opening of a second brothel in Irvine. Even though one of those locations is in Los Angeles County, the OCDA lumped it into the local case in Orange County Superior Court on the legal theory that it was part of the same ongoing conspiracy.

Meanwhile, an arrest warrant is out for Yuzhen Xie, a 32-year-old Rowland Heights resident who faces the same charges and enhancement as Zhou. Considered a fugitive, she allegedly ran one Irvine brothel and found the second location.

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Isn't this guy Matt Coker's twin brother?  I read it on the internet, so it must be true.  

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Consensual Sex Between Adults?

Just Legalize It!

JBinOC topcommenter

I can never get enough of that mug shot photo in the pimp robe/kimono.

Omar Solis
Omar Solis

Or they were unable to stick those charges... notice how none of the 3 women were even charged despite the obvious. Charges are evidence dependant for legal purposes, Its really impossible to tell considering the illegal nature of this, therefore unlike you im not ready to declare this a 'victimless' crime.

Raffi Zaki
Raffi Zaki

If you read the article they didnt charge him with human trafficking. If he did do something that evil they would have charged him for it and not stuff like money laundering and pimping. You are right in certain cases, but in this case there was not human trafficking. Remember to read folks!

Omar Solis
Omar Solis

Raffi Zaki these brothels typically lure women from overseas with promises of legal jobs only to coerse and cajole with visa withholdment and blackmail to service johns. The term for this is human trafficking. The only consenting adults in this situation are the pimps and the johns.

Raffi Zaki
Raffi Zaki

so a man gets locked up for 4 years for a victimless crime? he wasnt forcing anyone, he created a business that offered a service which is in demand by two consenting adults. tax it and regulate it, dont throw people in cells for free market capitalism...America is so ironic with its values...

Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

Bummer this guy got caught committing a victimless crime that provides an in demand service.

paullucas714 topcommenter

@Brainwashed_in_church Even worse, people with no serious criminal record face eve more prison time for simple possession of controlled substance for their own personal use. 

fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter


I agree with you. If one consenting adult wants to pay another consenting adult for sexual favors they should be allowed to do so without both parties facing criminal charges.

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