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Business partner surrenders to Englewood police in bust of local brothel

Photo Credit: Courtesy ENGLEWOOD PD

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: An alleged madam charged on Christmas Eve with operating a brothel at a rented house in Englewood — complete with surveillance cameras, financial records and washing machines and dryers to clean bed sheets and towels — had a business partner who surrendered to city police yesterday, authorities said this afternoon.

Danny Yue, 46, of Flushing, Queens, has a history of similar arrests — in Elmwood Park (2013), Fair Lawn and Saddle Brook (both in 2008) and Bayonne (2003), a CLIFFVIEW PILOT corrections and court records check shows.

Yue posted $30,000 bond and was released pending grand jury action. Englewood police charged him with promoting prostitution and maintaining a house of prostitution at the Brookside Avenue residence.

Officers who went there on Dec. 24 arrested the alleged madam, 51-year-old Jing Hong Xia, also of Flushing, while releasing three much younger Chinese women who admitted that they were freely working for her.

All four pulled up in a 2013 Lexus filled with hundreds of new condoms after tactical officers armed with a search warrant forced their way into the house and found the “self-contained” prostitution operation, Detective Capt. Timothy Torell told CLIFFVIEW PILOT at the time.

“Young Chinese women, many of whom are in the United States illegally, are often lured to a particular location by brothel operators under the guise of an honest day’s work,” Torell said. “Flushing, Queens is a very popular trolling ground.

“By the time these young women, often in their late teens, realize the jobs promised involve prostitution, the operators already have their personal information, including family members’ names and addresses back in China,” he said.

“If the women refuse to cooperate, they are often imprisoned inside a particular location and/or harm is threatened against their family members back in mainland China.”

As a result, Englewood detectives contacted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Human Trafficking Division, which participated in the court-approved searches and arrests.

Xia, a Chinese national, posted $11,500 bail on Christmas morning and was released from the Bergen County Jail pending grand jury action on the same charges as Yue.


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