A 46-year-old California man, who is suspected of having ties with a human trafficking criminal organization, was booked into the Burleigh-Morton County Detention Center on Monday on a charge of facilitating prostitution following a sting by Bismarck police.
Qinbin Liang and a 51-year-old woman, who, according to court documents, admitted to being a prostitute, were arrested around 9 p.m. at a hotel they checked into hours earlier on Bismarck’s Centennial Road.
Bismarck police obtained a search warrant for the suspects’ hotel room, as well as a vehicle, after making arrangements for a “date” via text and an online website, according to the affidavit.
Officers reported finding “evidence of prostitution,” including travel receipts, “hundreds” of condoms, personal lubricants, feminine cleansing products, erectile dysfunction medication and more than $3,000, according to court documents. Liang and the woman were in the hotel room at the time of the search.
During a police interview, the woman also admitted to being involved in a criminal organization and said Liang was her driver. According to the affidavit, Liang claimed the woman paid him $1,800 per month to drive her, and that he’d been doing so for about two months.
With this particular criminal organization, prostitutes are accompanied by drivers who “facilitate prostitution by providing rides, food and other supplies,” according to court documents.
During the interview, Liang also claimed he did not know what was going on, but could “feel it” and “didn’t want to know.”
Liang is being held at the jail on a $75,000 cash bond, and his preliminary hearing is slated for Feb. 19. No charges have been filed against the woman.