Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights spas rubbed neighors the wrong way

Police sting shuts 12 sketchy massage parlors for alleged prostitution

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Cops raided 12 southern Brooklyn spas and arrested 19 people on July 10 for an array of charges including prostitution.

Authorities noted that the businesses — five in Bay Ridge, six in Dyker Heights, one in Bensonhurst — had rubbed some residents the wrong way for months, despite presenting themselves as legitimate relaxation therapy centers.

Of those in custody, authorities identified three as spa owners, and the remainder as workers and managers. Charges range from prostitution to violations of New York State Worker’s Compensation law, to practicing massage without a license. Buildings Department officials said that all of the structures housing the spas were in dilapidated and even dangerous condition. Police did not arrest any of the spas’ landlords or customers.

“Though these operations went to considerable lengths to disguise their true nature, it was evident to residents that illicit activities were taking place,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes.

Law enforcement officials said that the high concentration of massage parlors in a small section of southern Brooklyn — nearly 20 in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights alone — was inherently suspicious.

“We know people in Bay Ridge have back pain, but we don’t think that’s enough to sustain 19 massage parlors,” said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Hynes declined to comment on why so many spas had opened in the area, but a police source said the masseuses had merely obeyed the law of supply and demand.

“They went where the customers are,” the New York Police Department insider said.

Brooklyn’s top lawman said his office was looking into whether any of the accused were victims of human trafficking, being manipulated or held against their will. He also raised the possibility that a single organization secretly ran all of the spas, since the women in custody all gave nearly identical stories of having a child in Asia they needed to support.

“There is a strong suspicion this was under central control,” said Hynes.

Among the supposedly dirty dozen were Dream Bodywork on 99th Street near the corner of Fourth Avenue, and Jia Li Spa on Fort Hamilton Parkway between 71st and 72nd streets — which reportedly had raised neighbors’ suspicions. Hynes noted that all 12 of the suspicious spas had placed innuendo-laden promotions for “sexy girls” with an “amazing touch” on seedy sites like and

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at
Updated 10:12 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

elvis from nawcostella says:
these hipster cops are DESTROYING "real brooklyn"
July 12, 2013, 7:47 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Scooped again Brooklyn Paper - day late with the news.

Here's a hint - follow the human traffic angle, and you'll be ahead of the rest of the newspack over the real issue. They'll cry big tears for the "immigrant" in the story, when the reality is different.

There's a Pulitzer in your future!
July 12, 2013, 8:01 am
o3 from bk says:
legalize, regulate, & tax.

otherwise its just fap...err, wack a mole
July 12, 2013, 8:55 am
Colonel Sanders from Bushwick Plamtation says:
Wouldn't stand fo' dat on my plamtation !!!
July 12, 2013, 9:29 am
chuck from BayRidge says:
Hey, supply and demand baby! We real BK'rs need our tugs, er, backs rubbed.
July 12, 2013, 10:53 am
Peter from Park Slope says:
This is an outrage! Where will Jerome get his rub and tugs?
July 12, 2013, 11:24 am
Jerome from Park Slope says:
@Peter ... Chinatown
July 12, 2013, 11:26 am
o3 from bk says:
oh wait, i know...

...this aint a happy ending ))
July 12, 2013, 12:28 pm
Jimmy2hands from ChinaVa says:
Interesting they did not arrest the guys partaking...
July 12, 2013, 1:22 pm
the Chooch from your ghetto says:
We'll have to work on this neighborhood I guess. Lot's of horny mooks around here it seems. Maybe that's why they pop their springs around the hippie chicks.
July 12, 2013, 1:30 pm
JAY from NYC says:
what a joke of an operation the police shut down a dozen places and NOT a SINGLE arrest of a john. I am sure that is all just a coincidence.
The John's are the REAL problem in all of this, including the human trafficking part of these operations. Put the Johns in jail for 10 years and we can start to put a stop to this kind of crap.
And anyone reading this who uses "services" like this, you are a scum bag supporting other scumbags and a system based on rape and violence and you deserve to go to jail for 10 years.
July 12, 2013, 5:30 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
C'mon Will! Interview the girls. Find out if they still owe their smuggler - ask if their family members will be beaten or killed.

Get to the bottom of this!

What will their lives be like now?

Do more than copy and paste!
July 13, 2013, 8:49 am
the Cooch from Bay Ridge Realty says:
No Johns were busted because they're all mooks and so are the cops. And this is only the tip of the rot in these neighborhoods. Delapidated buildings with wretched hookers, body shops for breaking down stolen cars, crack dens, stuff that fell off a truck, "slightly warm" air conditioners. It's a joke. The hipsters and yuppies in this borough are paying all the taxes, doing everything above board. Time to start buying property in these backwaters.
July 13, 2013, 11:44 am
Randall Campione from Kingshighway says:
Even though it is a crime, don't the police have any thing better to do with their resources. Bigger crimes are happening all the time. Should legalize it like in Las Vegas. Sorry I think its better to have Prostitutes then a Pervert attacking a women or child. God Bless to all
July 14, 2013, 4:38 am
The Chooch from The Brooklyn Renaissance says:
Randall, the Chooch agrees. But not like Vegas and not even like Amsterdam. In Brooklyn, prostitution could be legalized. But it would have to be mediated in some way appropriate to the local culture. This could be done with theme parks in Brooklyn. Recreate a vintage 1980s truck stop on the waterfront. You'd have a dive bar selling fair trade likker, the floozies would be walking up and down the strip dressed like Cyndi Lauper, and the 18-wheelers would contain the bedrooms. No quickies on the street like back in the day, but you can't have everything. Strict procedural rules would be in effect, including latex, anti-microbial gells, cruelty-free riding crops, whatever it takes to increase tax revenue for our glorious borough.
July 14, 2013, 10:41 am
Lionel from Bed Stuy says:
Don't understand why anyone in Brooklyn pays for sex anymore when you have all of these horny hipster chicks runnin around like rabid dogs. These hipster girls constantly be coming by the basketball courts getting all up on us. I hear one more hipster chick tell me her man is too busy thinking he's some kinda film maker to get busy with her, Ima start pimpin these chicks out to my cuzins in the DC.
July 14, 2013, 1:13 pm
. from .. says:
Lionel - you pay so they go away after.
July 14, 2013, 2:41 pm
The Chooch from Munificent Pseudonymity says:
"... getting all up on us" and " ... get busy with her." Now where have I heard this voice before. You damn sho' ain't no "Lionel" from "the basketball courts" in "Bed Stuy." PU-leeez. Ain't no "Lionel" brothers playing "basketball" in "Bed Stuy" with white chicks "...getting all up on us." Something greeezy here. Over 40 for sure.
July 14, 2013, 4:21 pm
Colonel Sanders from Bushwick Plamtation says:
Well ye see, psychomologicamally, dey be tryin' to projectify dey own abjectitude upon white wimmins so's to make dem seem lahk dey a ho.
July 14, 2013, 4:35 pm
Colonel Sanders from Bushwick Plamtation says:
Ho ho ho! Now now.
July 14, 2013, 4:36 pm

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