2019-03-06 / Front Page

Alleged Brothel In Maspeth Shuttered

Police have shuttered a reputed Maspeth massage parlor on February 13th, alleging that female workers gave more than a “Back Rub and Foot Rub,” as their sign proclaims.

According to notices posted on the front door of the massage parlor (66-47 Grand Avenue), the business was closed under a court order issued by the Queens Supreme Court. This is due to alleged illegal prostitution-related activities at the location, and it is not the first time the massage parlor has faced allegations of prostitution. The business was shuttered in March 2015, after police at the NYPD Vice Enforcement Squad arrested a worker who offered a massage and a sex act to an undercover detective for $140, an NYPD spokesperson said. Three more workers were arrested months later on charges of prostitution and unauthorized use of a professional title. The three workers were performing massages without a valid license, police said.

“This place is a thorn in the side of other legitimate local businesses,” a nearby storeowner said. “Everybody knows what goes on there, but they manage to keep on with business as usual. It’s rewarding to see it closed down.”

—Liz Goff

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