Three arrested for alleged prostitution in Bayside after undercover sting

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Three people are facing prostitution charges following an April 21 arrest in Bayside in which the alleged ringleader offered two of his “employees” to two undercover cops from Queens Vice Enforcement Division for sex acts in exchange for money, the Queens district attorney said.

Cheolryong Shin, 31, was identified in the criminal complaint filed by the DA’s office as the man who allegedly attempted to sell two officers on a full body massage complete with sexual gratification before being arrested alongside Ting Ting Wen, 27, and Yan Yan Hong, 40.

After Shin allegedly offered the services of the two women for a fee of $160, the undercover cops were led into the basement of a business at 211-54 45th Drive, where the fee was discussed again with the female defendants, the complaint said.

The location is an inconspicuous office space with no exterior signage indicating there was a massage parlor of any kind occupying the building, which also houses a dental business. It is on a quiet residential street west of Bell Boulevard.

“This is certainly not the first one in this community,” 111th Precinct Community Council President Jack Fried said. “[Officers] have been very active in getting these under control. It’s not that easy for them to just walk in and declare the place a house of prostitution, they have to actually be propositioned. So that makes it a little bit tougher, but they are on top of it.”

One of the biggest obstacles to long-term enforcement is the fact that many who are arrested for prostitution are usually free within days and operating out of a new location, Fried said.

On top of the prostitution charges, Wen and Hong also may face legal trouble as neither of them is licensed to practice massage therapy in the state of New York, according to the criminal complaint.

Shin claimed to be the manager at the Bayside spa when speaking with the undercover officers at about 6:40 p.m. on the night of the arrests, the criminal complaint said.

“Prostitution and sex trafficking has absolutely no place in our communities and I applaud the NYPD Vice Enforcement Division for their work in addressing this issue throughout Northeast Queens,” Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) said.

Another massage parlor was also shut down by NYPD Vice units in late April, according to Vallone’s office, at 25-46 Francis Lewis Blvd. after the councilman passed along constituent complaints to law enforcement.

The sting is just one of many in the northeast Queens area over the last two years.

An undercover operation in April, executed within the confines of the 111th Precinct that took place just off Bell Boulevard, took a different approach compared to a raid in the Flushing section of the 109th Precinct that saw one of the women working in the massage parlor fall three stories to her death in November 2017.

Advocacy groups the Sex Workers Project and Support Ho(s)e rallied in front of the precinct house on Union Street, demanding justice for the dead woman of Chinese origin, Yang Song, 38.

According to police, Song fell out of a window while cops were attempting to enter a room and apprehend her.

In September 2016, the 111th Precinct shut down the Bling Bling Body Works at 39-25 Bell Blvd. for the employees not being having a license to practice massage therapy.

In August 2016, three Murray Hill establishments were forced to close their doors after the NYPD’s Vice Enforcement Division gave the order to vacate. This followed an occupancy inspection by the city Department of Building, prompted by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside).

In a major crackdown back in March 2016, 31 people in Flushing and Whitestone were arrested by the Queens North VICE unit of NYPD, which visited 18 establishments and brought suspects in on mainly unlicensed masseur charges. Other charges were prostitution-related, the police said.

Reach reporter Mark Hallum by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

Posted 12:00 am, May 10, 2018
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Joey from Flushing says:
How. Do you think. They buy all. Theses home in Queens. Drug money and sex trafficking. We need immigration involved send I’m back. And no return. Enough is enough
May 10, 6:57 am
LOL says:
Joey - can we send you back to the 3rd grade? You are allowed to post again when you graduate.
May 10, 8:13 am
Good from Queens says:
FINALLY the 111th precinct did something useful! They always get away with this stuff just because they are "minorities". Minorities my foot! There are 2 billion of them in the world! Enough with the crying minority garbage with these people and lock them up the same way every other criminal deserves to be locked up and then deport them!
May 10, 12:13 pm
Good Work says:
What a surprise another Asian "foot massage" shop! Ever notice that the windows are completely covered??? No speak English,don't understand!! Why you come?? My shop good!!!
There are probably one of these shops on every block in the last ten (10) years. Welcome to America the land of do what you want!!!
May 10, 2:52 pm
Steve. G from Whitestone says:
This is all over north east queens. Flushing is number one. They traffic women from all over in the white and black vans they have pickup location. In flushing Whitestone. Early in the am and drop off. At different locations. We have to investigate. Where this money is coming from to purchase a 800k. Home and knock it down. And put 10 bathrooms. This is criminal sex. Drugs. Whores. Human trafficking. Etc. wake up America.
May 10, 5:38 pm
Jennifer matone from North flushing says:
The good news We are making this. Known we are going around Whitestone bayside and flushing. Getting signatures from Residents. And concerned citizens About theses issues. That is going on. We are sending it to the White House for the President And Jeff Sessions to look after hopefully he will take interest. Since he was Born and raised in queens and knows of the area
May 10, 5:48 pm
ask status from queens says:
The writer complains that those arrested are out in a couple of days and plying their trade once again. That is why it is imperative that immigration status be determined. Those without documentation should be detained as they are a flight risk. If all states issued licenses only to citizens and legal residents, then it would be much easier for police and judges to determine status and act accordingly. But the bottom line here is that every block in Queens had 2 or 3 spas but the local population in most neighborhoods does not have the income to afford the amount of real spa services needed to support all of these places. Therefore we should assume til proven otherwise that these are in fact brothels.
May 11, 2:04 pm
Keven O’Brien from North flushing says:
I’ve live in flushing all my life. And what’s going on. Is a joke old America would not all this it’s our polititions. Who turned a blind eye. There all about. Money. But. There party will end soon. We have to let. Our federal government. Know what’s going on.
May 11, 9:37 pm
Dwayne from Queens says:
Some of these comments point to "only Asians" who engage in this kind of stuff. Quiet as it's kept in recent years Bayside has been a haven for prostitution, racism, pedophilia, drug use, and illicit drug peddling engaged by its own very-white residents. Low-level media such as this site don't mention this since they protect the residents, politicians, and their 'property values'. Along Horace Harding there is rampant prostitution by white women engaging truck drivers on that rest stop; the corner of 73rd Avenue and 215th street in front of Dunkin Donuts is a drug peddling spot encouraged by the manager of Dunkin Donuts since it promotes business; various areas of Bayside are known for these activities, again, quiet as it's deliberately kept.
May 13, 6:59 am
Sophie from Flushing says:
This is happening all over flushing and it needs to be stop . now you see how they buy all those houses etc. I have never gone to a spa place in flushing and never will.
May 13, 3:05 pm
Steve from Bayside says:
Come to America. Land Of everything for free. And home of the freeloading illegal immigrants. Of our time.
May 13, 7:20 pm
Bobby from jersey says:
you don't know what you're missin
July 6, 9:58 am
Nicky from Flushing from Flushing says:
Lol stop being condescending Joey is right we need strict immigration enforcement Lol what bubble do you live in
Oct. 2, 8:35 pm
Marine from Ozone Park says:
Too much MSG in their diet.
Oct. 2, 8:43 pm

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