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Undercover Massage Parlor Investigation Yields More Than 20 Arrests

The following information was supplied by the Suffolk County Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Suffolk County police have arrested more than 20 people in an undercover investigation called "Operation Massage Parlor" conducted at a number of businesses in the Sixth Precinct.

Police seized massage tables, assorted body oils, lotions, towels, bedding, and cash, and said many of the businesses closed following the arrests.

Those arrested include:

  • Yunxia Qi, 46, of New York City, was charged with unauthorized practice of a profession while working at Day Spa, located at 4400 Route 347, Port Jefferson Station.
  • Aihua Zheng, 51, of Elmhurst, was charged with unauthorized practice of a profession while working at Health and Diet Center American Practice for Wellness, located at 60 North Country Road, Port Jefferson.
  • Liping Geng, 49, of Flushing, was charged with unauthorized practice of a profession while working at Jasmine Garden Spa, located at 2460 Route 347, Stony Brook.
  • Shuzhen Lui, 45, of Flushing, was charged with unauthorized practice of a profession while working at Jasmine Garden Spa.
  • Qing Ling Wang, 45, Flushing, was charged with unauthorized practice of a profession while working at Jasmine Garden Spa.
  • Shuzhen Lui, 45, of Flushing, was charged with unauthorized practice of a profession while working at Jasmine Garden Spa.
  • Liping Geng, 49, of Flushing, was charged with unauthorized practice of a profession while working at Jasmine Garden Spa.

Additionally, police said, 12 more people were arrested but their cases were sealed.

Jack Rabbit March 06, 2012 at 12:28 AM
What I don't understand is that they ALL were arrested for "unauthorized practice of a profession" NOT one for prostitution ??? Why weren't they just given summons?? And they all were in their upper 40's and 50's?
Sergio Cagasort December 27, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Waste police resources on victim-less crimes. Patrol neighbors, malls and train stations to prevent assaults, robbery and break-ins...this is almost as bad as the over-zealot sheriffs on the LIE ticketing everyone in sight for revenue enhancement...fight the criminals not the hard working public that pays your inflated compensation.
Frankie Tsang March 17, 2013 at 12:19 AM
Some of the comments make me giggle. First of all, the people who operate these massage parlors are NOT the hard-working public who pay anyone's compensation. The storefronts are simply a way to funnel tax-free, illegal, unreported income back to foreign nationals who violate human rights at the expense of others. Please Google "Polaris Project" to understand the importance of eradicating these businesses. This is not victimless crime. The reason why the arrests of others were sealed is because they are confidential informants. They were probably decoys who recorded or reported on the illegal actions. I cheer these law enforcement agencies for their work. It is investigations like this that actually fund on-going investigation of racketeering (Asian and non-Asian). The police seize and forfeit hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, real estate, automobiles,and equipment because it was all obtained by illegal activities and the proceeds of the illegal activities. There is no discrimination here...
Frankie Tsang March 17, 2013 at 12:33 PM
Buddy is correct....sometimes these massage and nail shops are tied into other activities. The ladies work in the nail or massage shops but are also used (literally) by their employer/owners for outcall prostitution services. They usually have a few men around who act as security and transportation to and from the calls. If you observe some of these shops closely, they barely make enough to pay the rent let alone overhead and feed the women. They don't have to worry about housing...most live right in the shops at night. They sleep on the very tables they "massage" customers on and bathe using the table shower facilities used for customers during business hours. They cook right in the shop because they are brainwashed to fear venturing outside alone and have no transportation. Again, I'm glad that police agencies are making arrests, BUT they need to take more time to build a bigger and better case. This is not just prostitution....it's racketeering and an assortment of other illegal activities (loan sharking, tax evasion, producing and selling false ID, Immigration violations, false documentation scams, prostitution, shell corporations to avoid liability and forfeiture) and we need to pursue them as hard as we pursued the Mafia.
Michael DiMaggio August 15, 2013 at 09:32 PM
I found all this info at Rub Maps. The Yelp of happy endings. No joke.

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