Deputy Inspector Thomas Conforti assured residents that as long as the proliferation of unlicensed massage parlors persists, there will be continued arrests.
Conforti said the investigation into the illegal activity of massage parlors in Flushing and Whitestone has yielded four charges related to prostitution. He said that the majority of the arrests were made in connection to employees operating without a license.
“It is unjust [that] every single spa that has opened up within the last year or two is being painted with a broad stroke that it must be doing illegal business,” he said. “Unfortunately, there are some legitimate spas that are operating in the area.”
Conforti said they have compiled a list of locations where residents in the community have suspected illegal activity. Majority of arrests were made at 150th Street on the border of Flushing and Whitestone, while the other locations were in close proximity.
Conforti declined to comment on whether any of the arrests already made were related to human trafficking.
“Let’s say, the vast majority of these people working in these establishments are unlicensed and hence they would be held accountable for whatever rules and laws they’re breaking,” he said.
Conforti said the Mayor’s Office has assigned a special task force that will continue to conduct joint operations with the NYPD Queens North Vice Enforcement Unit.