Monday, April 16, 2012
Van Bramer vs. Dutch Kills whorehouses
From the Times Ledger:
City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and civic leader George Stamatiades said they are determined to fight two spas in the Dutch Kills area they suspect of being illegal businesses.
“It’s contrary to everything else that is happening in the Dutch Kills-Long Island City community,” Van Bramer said.
The councilman’s office said the community was concerned with two spas, one on 37th Avenue called Smile Dawa, and another on 38th Avenue called Asian Body Work. They said these parlors may be fronts for prostitution or other illegal sex activities.
“It’s a situation where it’s a quality of life issue and we have to address it,” Stamatiades said.
The voice mailbox for Smile Dawa was full when TimesLedger Newspapers called. The manager for Asian Body Work was not available for comment.
Smile Dawa had previously been closed by the NYPD and three arrests were made, one of which was for solicitation, Van Bramer’s office said.
But to close the establishment permanently, the location needs to be cited three times.
Stamatiades said the police were doing their job, although the system makes it difficult.
“I’ve never heard of such a thing,” Stamatiades said. “Does that mean you can rob a bank three times?”