New York, NY, United States (4E) – Fifteen prostitute managers and two drug traffickers have been arrested in New York City in a crackdown against Asian prostitution rings suspected of providing sexual service to visitors who will watch the upcoming Super Bowl.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the NYPD said the arrests of the madams and drug traffickers were made on Wednesday. On Thursday, the suspects were taken to the Manhattan Criminal Court for arraignment on charges of conspiracy, sale of narcotics, promoting prostitution and money laundering.
The “Operation Shade of Beige” netted Hyun Ok Yoon and 15 other women who allegedly manages hookers from three different rings operating in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island, Queens and other states. The alleged suppliers of cocaine, crack and other drugs to the ring’s customers were identified as Tony Yoo, 34, and Joseph Landrum, 32.
NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said the suspects are a danger to the community because they conduct their illicit activities in apartments. Some of the madams were arrested in a building on 990 Sixth Ave. raided by police Wednesday.
The crackdown was launched after police saw the rings’ Internet and newspaper ads offering girls and drugs. Police also wire-tapped the phone conversations of the suspects to learn their operation. After customers pass out from drugs and alcohol, hookers will arrive. The ring bills the customer’s credit card for $10,000 or more. Earnings are laundered through a limo service, clothing wholesaler and beauty supply company.
Schneiderman issued a warning against patronizing the illegal services and advised people to just watch the Super Bowl on TV. The NFL championship game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will be held at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Feb. 3.