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Dubuque Man Sentenced For Pimping

A Dubuque man will be spending the next five years in prison, after entering an Alford plea to a charge of pimping. 68 year old John Hart and his 56 year old wife Meirong Li were both arrested in May of 2017 and charged with one felony count each of human trafficking and pimping. With the plea agreement the county attorney’s office agreed to dismiss the human trafficking charge. Prosecutors alleged that from January of 2016 to May of 2017 Hart and his wife solicited women from China to have sex for money at two massage parlors they own. A police investigation revealed that two undercover Dubuque police officers were offered sexual favors in exchange for payment towards the end of their massages. Hart’s wife has pleaded not guilty and will next appear in court on June 8th.

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