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7 Women Arrested in Rockland Massage-Parlor Sting

The spas involved are in New City, Nanuet and Nyack.

A six-month probe by Clarkstown Police and the Rockland District Attorney's Special Victims and Community Prosecution bureaus into illegal massage parlors and prostitution has resulted in the indictment of seven women. 

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe said in a press release that County Attorney Thomas Humbach continues to prosecute civil actions seeking injunctions and fines against the employers of the indicted women and the landlords who lease property to those employers. 

The businesses are:
  • Z Green Spa, 159 Route 304, Nanuet
  • Keum Tree Spa, 255 South Little Tor Road, New City
  • Nanuet Spa, 344 W. Route 59, Nanuet
  • New City Spa, 55-71 South Main Street, New City
  • Nyack Health Spa, 9 Ingalls Street, Nyack 
The seven defendants were each charged with Unauthorized Practice, a class “E” Felony, and Prostitution, a class "B" Misdemeanor. They are Mihwa Kim of  Palisades Park, NJ; Pan Zi Sherry of Flushing, NY; Hwa Kim of Flushing, NY; Chun Ji Tian of Spring Valley, NY; Jishu Li of Flushing, NY; Yeongae Kim of Palisades Park, NJ; and Gyelim Choi of 4265 Colton Street, Flushing, NY.

"This joint operation clearly demonstrates our emphasis on 'quality of life' crimes, including prostitution," Zugibe said. "While some may call prostitution a victimless crime, it often leads to other illegal activity, including human trafficking, drug sales and violence." 

From November, 2013 to May, 2014, undercover Clarkstown detectives, along with investigators from the District Attorney's Office, visited the businesses several times. According to the charges, the seven defendants offered massages which they were not licensed by the State of New York to perform and engaged or offered to engage in sexual conduct with another person in return for a fee. 

Massage therapists must be licensed by the New York State Education Department. An “E” Felony carries a maximum of four years in state prison. 

AMG July 20, 2014 at 08:14 PM
Obviously these are all men responding. I guess abusing women by making them sell sex does not make it on your list of crimes, but sex trafficking is HUGE and so is the pimping of women by FORCE. Read up on on how big this is before you think it is no big deal. Child trafficking for various purposes including sex is also a big issue. US is one of the top destinations of these children. A lot of the people involved also are linked to massage parlors and other forms of selling sex.
C Lieberman July 20, 2014 at 10:47 PM
Perhaps re-read the article, "Seven Women Arrested..." Were they abusing other women forcing them to have sex? Were they involved in sex or child trafficking?
amerpatriot July 22, 2014 at 08:53 AM
AMG: "Obviously these are all men responding." "Obviously" you are a rabid man-hater. The article is about unlicensed massage parlors, not the sex felonies you describe. No one is forcing anyone into anything. And where does it mention children. Only in your sick mind, that's where. Guess what - if these places had paid the state & county for a license to operate a massage parlor, this wouldn't even be a story would it. "... the pimping of women by force..." ?? Really ? What force. Get a life.
AMG July 22, 2014 at 09:34 AM
Read the article. Both respones to my comments are inaccurate. The ladies arrested were offering sex. Also read up on human trafficking before you comment on it. I have a friend that is involved in educating people because in the US - yes the US- it is a big problem. People linked to prostitution are many times involved in trafficking and children are trafficked in the same circles. Everything I said is factual. You are misinformed my friend.
Rob T July 22, 2014 at 10:17 AM
Wow... how long did to take our 200K a year Police and Sheriffs to figure this out ?

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