Authorities: Sayville Motor Lodge owner, employees charged with allowing sex trafficking on premises
The owner and employees of Sayville Motor Lodge have been charged with allowing sex trafficking on the premises.
The Sayville Motor Lodge was raided Wednesday by federal officials and has been shut down by the Town of Islip.
Narendarakuma Dadarwala, 76, his wife 69-year-old Sharda Dadarwala, their son 44-year-old Jigar Dadarwala and another employee of the motel are accused of taking money from alleged pimps and drug dealers in exchange for keeping their crimes a secret.
Federal authorities say the owners even helped facilitate the alleged actions by purposely giving them rooms in the back of the lodge so they wouldn't be seen and by warning them if police were on the property.
On at least one occasion, prosecutors say there was an underaged prostitute being exploited at the motel.
James Leach and his wheelchair-bound wife were living at the Sayville Motor Lodge and saw the raid. With the property closed - he says they now have no place else to go.
"The owners were great people - I never had a problem with them," Leach says "And every time there was a problem they took care of it so I don't know what happened."
Others who live nearby to the motel say it has always been a problem
"I'm thrilled that they're being shut down," says Leighann Mulholland.
The mother and father were both released on Wednesday on $2 million bond. Their son is behind held without bail and the employee was arrested Monday in Omaha, Nebraska where he now lives.
If convicted, the suspects each face a minimum of 15 years to life in prison