19 arrested in day spa prostitution ring
Day spa prostitutes were pushy, Bay Ridge residents say
News of a police raid on 12 day spas in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights was greeted with cheers and sighs of relief by residents and civic leaders in the two communities.
“I am so pleased and so grateful to the district attorney,” said Community Board 10 District Manager Josephine Beckmann, reacting to the July 11 announcement by Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly that 19 arrests were made for prostitution and other charges after 12 day spas were raided the previous day.
Beckmann was among the local officials who attended a press conference Hynes held in his downtown Brooklyn office to announce the crackdown.
Residents had long suspected that the spas were fronts for illegal activity, Beckmann said. “Our office used to receive regular and sustained complaints about these places. We received several complaints a week,” she told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.