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Another Prostitution Arrest at West Hempstead Spa

Tuesday arrest marks 11th of 2013 at multiple West Hempstead spas.

Nassau County police officers arrested a West Hempstead spa worker for prostitution Tuesday, bringing the arrest total to 11 for 2013.

According to detectives, an undercover operation determined that 52-year-old Peili Zheng, of Flushing, practiced massage therapy without a license while working at Shunyuan Spa, 357 Hempstead Turnpike, Suite 203.

Police say Zheng also offered to engage in a sexual act for an undisclosed amount of money.

Zheng is charged with unauthorized practice of a crime and prostitution. She will be arraigned on Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.

Tuesday's arrest marks the second trip police have made to Shunyuan this year. Two employees were arrested in January for unlicensed operation, one of whom was also charged with prostitution.

Two Flushing women were also arrested for prostitution last Wednesday at Lucy Day Spa, just down the road from Shunyuan at 300 Hempstead Turnpike.

Alan March 13, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Oh Man the policem are sure getting lots of massages try to best these ugly chicks
Frankie Tsang April 02, 2013 at 01:55 AM
I am continually disappointed to see law enforcement only temporarily close these shops and superficially investigate them. These businesses are disgusting and besides health risks, they ruin lives. These businesses are very often part of an organized network who operate store fronts such as massage and nail shops all the while running sophisticated escort or outcall services. The money is funneled back through a main hub (on the east coast, New York, commonly Flushing) and into the hands of higher-ups who transfer it out of the country....without paying taxes! Often times, the women live in the shops, are not encouraged to learn English, and are basically kept like chained dogs by the mamasan/papasan. The women pay to come here sometimes and the deal is they "work it off" but never really get out of debt and so continue in this business until they are either turned out on the street without resources or promoted to "manager" to perpetuate the cycle. It's a very sad business set up and we need to work together to make people aware and encourage public outcry. Instead of just arresting for misdemeanors, we need to make the case for racketeering and RICO indictments...forfeit property, equipment, house, cash, cars...which will pay for the investigative costs. Prostitution should be just one of the charges, but we need to indict on federal charges that carry heavy jail time and subject assets to forfeiture. Let them go to Canada where such businesses are legal.

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