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104th makes massage parlor arrests

By Gabriel Rom

Increased enforcement against illicit massage parlors in Central Queens is making a mark.

The NYPD Vice Unit arrested four women at massage parlors in Glendale and Ridgewood last week, police said.

At the 104th’s March Precinct Community Council a police source said the locations of the massage parlors could not immediately be released because the information may put officers involved with ongoing investigations at risk. The locations of the parlors closed last week will likely be released within the following weeks, the source added.

After the closure of several illegal massage parlors in December, state Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) and state Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) introduced a package of legislation meant to deter and regulate these unlicensed businesses.

The expansive legislation comes after a substantial increase in the number of illicit massage parlors operating throughout the borough and a concerted effort by police to shut them down.

In December, police announced a new tactic which involved stationing a uniformed police officer outside of suspected locations.

Reach reporter Gabriel Rom by e-mail at grom@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

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