A series of raids at massage parlors throughout Bergen County netted detecitves a dozen people charged with prostitution-related offenses and the seizure of more than $20,000 in alleged illicit proceeds.
A week-long undercover investigation led to raids of shops four shops in Edgewater, two in Fairview and one each in Little Ferry, River Edge, South Hackensack, Tenafly and Wyckoff, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal said Friday afternoon.
Participating in the Quality of Life/Human Trafficking task force led by Grewal's Special Investigations Squad were Bergen County Sheriff's officers and federal I.C.E. agents.
Undercover detectives were solicited for sex in exchange for money by female employees of several massage parlors, the prosecutor said.
These included four in Edgewater: River Spa on Dempsey Avenue and Jade Spa, Aqua Blue Spa and World Health Spa, all on River Road.
In Fairview: Aztec Spa and Aroma Spa, both on Bergen Boulevard.
Heaven is a Spa, Liberty Street, Little Ferry;
River Spa, River Edge Road, River Edge;
Greenish Spa, Route 46, South Hackensack;
Golden Palm Spa, Hillside Avenue, Tenafly;
Royal Massage, Clinton Avenue, Wyckoff
Charged with enganging in prostitution:
FONG ZHEN WU (DOB: 11-18-62) of 134-24 Maple Avenue, Flushing, New York, and GE LI (DOB: 02-28-64) of 134-24 Maple Avenue, Flushing, New York, (ROYAL MASSAGE, Wyckoff, NJ);
YING J. TANG (DOB: 05-07-69) of 4140 Union Street, Flushing, New York, (GOLDEN PALM SPA, Tenafly, NJ);
MEIXIANG DENG (DOB: 08-02-63) of 144-44 Sanford Avenue, Flushing, New York, (RIVER SPA, River Edge, NJ);
CHUNMEI JIN (DOB: 10-09-74) of 147-25 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, New York, (JADE SPA, Edgewater, NJ);
MIHWA JANG (DOB: 05-02-74) of 19 River Street, Little Ferry, New Jersey, (RIVER SPA, Edgewater, NJ);
JIMEI ZHOU (DOB:06-21-82) of 74 Main Street, Flushing, New York, (AQUA BLUE SPA, Edgewater, NJ);
JINSHAN LI (DOB: 06-13-66) of 149-09 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, New York, (WORLD HEALTH SPA, Edgewater, NJ);
SHUNYU PIAO (DOB: 11-22-67) of 25 Main Street, Little Ferry, New Jersey, (HEAVEN IS A SPA, Little Ferry, NJ);
YOUGIN CHO (DOB: 10-26-79) of 3352 North Chatham Road, Ellicott City, Maryland, (GREENISH SPA, South Hackensack, NJ);
KYUNG RYE BAE (DOB: 04-05-66) of 192-42nd Street, Bayside Queens, New York, (AZTEC SPA, Fairview, NJ);
CHEN XU (DOB: 08-29-72) of 43-44 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, New York, (AROMA SPA, Fairview, NJ).
All were released on summonses with returnable dates in local municipal courts.
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