Suspected madame pleads not guilty in prostitution case
Suffolk County prosecutors say they have arrested a Queens woman who was running a prostitution ring from spas in Hicksville and Huntington.
Officials say 44-year-old Jin Hua Cui is charged with two counts of sex trafficking and promoting prostitution. Cui has pleaded not guilty.
Cui allegedly intimidated and threatened at least eight Korean females in their 30s and 40s into prostitution when they responded to her help-wanted ads for nail salon attendants in Korean newspapers. Customers were solicited by Craigslist ads.
Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota says Cui told the women she'd reveal to their families and neighbors that they were prostitutes and threatened them with violence at the hands of Chinese gang members.
Surveillance pictures show the women were picked up in Queens and driven to an Asian Body Work store in Huntington and a massage parlor in Hicksville.
During a press conference this afternoon, police showed items they said they seized at the alleged madame's Flushing house and at the massage parlors, which included condoms, cash and lingerie.
Officials say Cui, also known as "Big Mama," was arrested back in 2007 for allegedly propositioning an undercover police officer with sex. If convicted, Cui faces up to 25 years behind bars.
Woman arrested for allegedly running a spa prostitution ring