From the Daily News:
AS CHILDREN and their parents walked past crowded restaurants on Roosevelt Ave. in Jackson Heights recently, men yelled "Chicas!" and handed out cards with phone numbers and pictures of busty, scantily clad women.
For Kika Cerpa, a woman in her mid-30s, those cards bring back memories of her harrowing ordeal as one of those "chicas."
Cerpa's hellish tale began in 1993, when she was lured from her native Venezuela by a boyfriend who had moved to the U.S.
When Cerpa arrived in the U.S. at age 20, her boyfriend's cousin - a brothel madame - took her passport and her life savings of almost $2,000 and told her she had to pay off her beau's debt. She was taken to a brothel on Roosevelt Ave.
Young women, many of them undocumented immigrants, are being intimidated and blackmailed to work for prostitution rings operating near restaurants, bars and clubs in the neighborhood, community leaders said.
"Once they get here, they are enslaved," said Arnaldo Salinas, a member of the Guardian Angels, which patrols the neighborhood. "I've seen scars...from women beat upon by their pimp."
Out of the 3,260 prostitution-related arrests last year in New York City, about 38% occurred in Queens, more than in any other borough, state Division of Criminal Justice Services statistics show.
There's less street prostitution, but more "deliveries" to locations all over Queens, advocates said.
What a great vibrant and diverse statistic to add to our collection! They also do this kind of thing in Brooklyn.