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Couple Charged With Sex Trafficking in Nassau Massage Parlors

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Queens couple was arrested for allegedly coercing two women into performing sex acts on men at two massage parlors that the couple owned in West Hempstead and Franklin Square, Nassau County prosecutors said.Zhaowei Yin, 49, and his 46-year-old wife, Shuwen Ai, both of Flushing, were charged Thursday with sex trafficking, promoting prostitution, labor trafficking and unauthorized practice.“Trafficked individuals like the women in this case are the victims of a modern-day form of slavery happening all around us in communities across the country,” Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said. “This is what slavery looks like in 2015.”Related Story: Inside the Hidden World of Sex Trafficking on L.I.Prosecutors said that the couple allegedly hired two women responding to ads in Chinese-language newspapers seeking masseuses, but required them to perform sexual services on men at Lucy’s Spa on Hempstead Turnpike and Panda Foot Spa on Franklin Avenue between May 2013 and the end of January 2014.The suspects allegedly forced the women to sleep at the businesses, which are now closed. They allegedly never paid one victim and authorities said the couple deducted wages from the other for trasnporation to and from work. If they refused to comply with their demands, they also allegedly threatened to post nude photos of them in the Internet and have them deported.The case unfolded after both victims were arrested for prostitution. Once it became clear that they were trafficking victims, their charges were dismissed.The suspects are believed to have owned other massage parlors across Long Island and in Queens, including a spa that is still in business in Nassau County.Judge Philip Grella set bail for the couple at $250,000 cash or bond. They face up to 25 years in prison, if convicted. They are due back in court Oct. 15.A third suspect is expected to be arraigned at a later date. The investigation is continuing.last_img read more

Clippers outlast Bucks in overtime

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, center, is double-teamed by Milwaukee Bucks’ Tony Snell and Brook Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari, left, of Italy, is defended by Milwaukee Bucks’ Ersan Ilyasova during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, center, looks to shoot under pressure by Milwaukee Bucks’ Tony Snell, left, and John Henson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMilwaukee Bucks’ Brook Lopez, left, grabs a rebound against Los Angeles Clippers’ Marcin Gortat during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley, center, passes the ball under defense by Milwaukee Bucks’ Brook Lopez, right, and Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, left, drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, center, is double-teamed by Milwaukee Bucks’ Tony Snell and Brook Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari, left, of Italy, is defended by Milwaukee Bucks’ Ersan Ilyasova during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)NextShow Caption1 of 6Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari, left, of Italy, is defended by Milwaukee Bucks’ Ersan Ilyasova during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Three days after a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks left 13 dead, Saturday’s events at Staples Center started with a somber statement about gun violence: “We’ve had enough,” the Clippers’ PA announcer Eric Smith said on behalf of the team, which warmed up in black T-shirts that read “Enough” on the front and listed the names of the victims on the back.Then, following a moment of silence by the participants and the 17,486 in attendance, the men on the floor got to the task at hand: playing a basketball game.“Oh, lordy,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. “That was fun.”Together, the Clippers and the Milwaukee Bucks put on a show, extending to an overtime encore. The Clippers won the Staples Center matinee, defeating the Milwaukee Bucks 128-126 thanks to Lou Williams’ floater that fell through with 0.3 seconds to just about put the period on a back-and-forth overtime period.Second-half hero Montrezl Harrell sealed the victory when he intercepted Giannis Antetokounmpo’s errant inbounds pass — which he attempted with the 7-foot-3 Boban Marjanovic defending him.“That was a hell of a game,” Rivers added, “since we won.”The Clippers improved to 7-5 by edging a much-improved Milwaukee squad that was fresh off a rout of the Golden State Warriors — who’ll come calling on the Clippers on Monday.After a halftime talking-to from Rivers, Harrell came alive to lead the Clippers with 26 impassioned points off the bench — 19 of which he delivered after the break. He slam-danced, shimmied and helped will the Clippers second-half surge, adding nine rebounds. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Patrick Beverley added 21 points — 15 of which came on five 3-pointers, a Clippers tenure-best for the tough-playing guard. And forward Tobias Harris had 20 points and 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double this season.Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 18 rebounds for the Bucks (9-3).Former Clipper Eric Bledsoe made overtime happen; his 3-pointer with six seconds left rattled in to tie it 119-119. When Danilo Gallinari’s 3-point attempt rimmed out at the buzzer, both teams were set for their first overtime action this season.In OT, rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander calmly deposited a 3-pointer to put the Clippers up 122-121 and Harrell made two free throws for a 124-121 lead.The Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon made a 3-pointer to tie it up again,124-124, before Harris added a jumper to retake the lead, 126-124.Antetokounmpo blocked Gallinari — and brought it back down for another dunk and a 126-126 tie. Shortly thereafter, Gilgeous-Alexander blocked Bledsoe, setting the stage for Williams’ game-winning shot to drop through.“We just kept fighting all night and were able to find a way,” Harris said. “Huge shot by Lou. That propelled us to the win. So it feels great to be in here after the game, getting a win like that.“There were a lot of big plays all game. Shai’s block was a huge play in that possession that got us the rock,” Harris added. “It was huge plays that were able to get us to the win tonight. Everybody contributed tonight.”The Clippers led by as much as 15 early in the second half before the Bucks turned the game into a 3-point contest. Former Laker Brook Lopez hit four of his six 3-pointers in the second quarter as the Bucks outscored he Clippers 37-20 to build a 64-62 halftime lead.Mike Scott kept the Clippers close with three 3-pointers of his own.“It’s great, it’s great to win at home and win against one of the hottest teams in the league,” said Gallinari, whose consecutive made-free throw streak was snapped at 55, three short of the franchise record that belongs to Jamal Crawford. “It’s definitely a great feeling, but now we have another tough game coming up.”last_img read more