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Sex on the side! Residents fear massage parlors house prostitutes

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These massage parlors are making people anxious!

Well, their neighbors, anyway.

Bay Ridge residents and civic leaders say that spas offering underhanded services — and advertising them in the seedier corners of the Internet — are popping up all over the neighborhood.

Neighbors complain that more than half a dozen massage parlors with dark windows and late hours have popped up in the neighborhood in the last six months, mainly on Fifth Avenue — and that the joints seem to primarily serve men seeking special treatment.

Some who are fearful of giving their name say that they don’t understand how so many could stay in business — unless something seedy was going on inside.

“It’s outrageous, how can you need this many spas?” said one resident, who declined to give her name. “I never see women going into these places.”

Neighbors claim Linda Day Spa on Fifth Avenue between 81st and 82nd streets routinely has scantily-clad girls hanging out in the doorway and the sidewalk outside.

“They aren’t going to be giving massages wearing those kinky outfits,” one Ridge woman complained.

But the parlor denied participating in any illicit activities.

“We just do regular massage,” the manager said, before hanging up on us.

A recent posting for Linda Day Spa on Craigslist.com — a site notorious for running ads for prostitutes — offered customers the opportunity to “enjoy a sweet young girl.”

The website Rubmaps.com — a self-described “erotic massage review site” that uses the slogan “Find your happy ending!” — has listings for more than a dozen neighborhood spas, with ratings and commentary from users.

“I gave a few signals and made some advances, and then she asked me what I wanted,” reads one review for Dream Bodywork on 99th Street near the corner of Fourth Avenue, before graphically describing a sexual encounter.

Repeated calls to Dream Bodywork went unanswered.

And the spas aren’t just in Bay Ridge.

A woman who lives nearby the Dyker Heights parlor Jia Li Spa on Fort Hamilton Parkway between 71st and 72nd streets — which is also advertised on Rubmaps — said she recently drove past the spa late at night and saw a man zipping up his pants as he exited the place.

“It was disgusting,” the resident said.

A worker at Jia Li claimed nothing illicit was happening at her business.

“It’s all legal,” the woman said.

Community leaders said that they have heard the public outcry over the spas, and they’re deeply concerned.

“We all see the same thing — more and more places advertising massage. It seems like there’s a new one every week,” said Community Board 10 chairwoman Joanne Seminara. “It definitely is a problem, and it needs to be investigated if there is illegal activity going on.”

A source in the 68th Precinct confirmed that they had received numerous complaints about the massage parlors, and said officers were investigating the situation.

Last summer, neighbors along 69th Street between Narrows Avenue and Shore Road complained that the Bright Ocean Spa — which advertises “exotic massage” with racy photos on another site that posts sex ads, Backpage.comwas a house of prostitution. Bright Ocean’s manager denied the charges.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at twitter.com/WillBredderman.

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bart harte from greenpoint says:
I hope the folks get rid of these rub &tug outfits & am amazed at how easily on can find an outlet worldwide to ease their sexual tensions thank to the "link" graciiously provided by your writers!
Thanks!
June 13, 2013, 10:37 pm
mindful from Bronx says:
who cares about these spots. Why do people really care??? If somebody chooses to charge someone for sex why is that wrong??? People do it every day and call it relationships. So it's a crime because the money exchanges hands before the sex??? Women find men specifically for financial interest every day...should they be jailed?? this is dumb...long live http://www.LowPage.com
June 14, 2013, 9:56 am
Wpitts from Queens says:
"A man zipping up his pants," does not mean illicit activity is taking place. Many people remove their pants for a massage. Men, just like women, enjoy massage, regardless of the time of day, so if an establishment is opened late it does not mean illicit activity is going on.
Why should law enforcement waste their time and tax payers money "investigating" this supposed spa crime wave? Why do people feel it necessary to tell other people how to live their lives, and shame them if it doesn't fit their distorted view?
June 14, 2013, 6:13 pm
Robert from Bay Ridge says:
Too many Spas in Bay Ridge ! -- walk on 5th Ave. (71st St. -86th St.) and look at the doors and ads of the businesses, on theses two short blocks you are going to find more than ten Spas. Mindful from The Bronx said "who cares about these spots". Families who live in the neighborhood care. Let's keep our Bay Ridge clean and save of illegal businesses that cover themselves as SPAS. Think about the B.R. population -- women will not use these services at late hours at night.
Community Board 10, 68th Precinct, and Politicians it is time to act and investigate.
June 15, 2013, 9:43 am
Phillip from 86th st & 17th ave, Brooklyn says:
I agree people shouldn't try to dictate how others choose to live their lives, and prostitution should be legalized, regulated, and taxed. But I also believe people should have some control over what happens in the neighborhood where they live and raise children. Fortunately the correct forum for this discussion already exists, the legislature, starting with the local community board. Unfortunately only people who are against prostitution ever show up at those meetings and those who support prostitution do so quietly and anonymously, usually in the comments section of a website. Until the issue is addressed in the legislature, brothels are illegal and must be investigated.
June 15, 2013, 10:42 am
Hildegarde from Shore Road says:
Hey Robert:
This is NYC. Families should expect this. Where did you come from...Nebraska. Go husk some corn.
June 17, 2013, 10:22 am
Crazy Joe from Bath Beach says:
If consenting adults want to charge one another for sex no problem, but you must realize that these places are forcing these women into this life, it is human trafficking whereby young women from China are forced into these "jobs" to "repay" the cost of their immigration to this country.
June 17, 2013, 12:06 pm
Tim from Bayridge says:
These spa's are not offering prostitution or 'extra services'. They are legit businesses. I have been to a number of them on fifth avenue and have never encountered any illegal activity. Unfortunately, people are making very racist comments based on stereotypes- 'they use asian girls, so they must be involved in the sex trade'.

Who cares if they are open late, they are catering to the afterwork customer. There is nothing wrong with getting a massage for $45- get over it.
June 17, 2013, 5:13 pm
PT from Bridgeport says:
3 for 1 sale! The Verrazano, Brooklyn, and Manhattan bridges all for one low price!
June 18, 2013, 11:53 am
Cat from Bensonhurst says:
I am amazed after reading some of these comments how much people have lowered their standards. HELLO!!! ITS CALLED QUALITY OF LIFE. This has been going on in my neighborhood actually on my block for awhile. Forget the sex part this also brings drugs and a whole other host of problems. Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst and Dyker were once really nice family neighborhoods, not anymore. I am sorry that my kids have to see this crap going on.
June 22, 2013, 10:27 pm
Joe from Brooklyn says:
It's better that they have these places for the men who caint get a girlfriend.other wise they might be hanging around schools and parks looking at our kids,the business aren't bothering anybody and they are bringing money into our neighborhood
July 13, 2013, 3:43 am
harold from bayridge says:
wow - what paranoid mentality some people have. You saw a guy zipping up his pants and that's an indictment? Are you sure this what you really saw? Really? Even if something illegal were happening - do ya really think the guy would be stupid enough to wait till he leaves to zip up?
And this brings drugs to the area? Really? Show me the proof. Show me evidence that these spas have brought crime to the area - show me the police reports and statistics. I bet you there are more incidents /crime at 24 hour delis that there are at these spas!!

Does that mean we should close down the delis too? After all - Mr and Ms prim and proper - what legitimate person goes out in the middle of the night for a carton of milk or a late night snack? Not you of course because that would not be proper. Must be some drunk or drug crazed person with the munchies - right?
July 29, 2013, 5:40 pm
tommy from NYNY says:
This seems to be the norm these days. Especially with websites such as http://www.massageunitedstates.com
Sept. 12, 2013, 4:06 am
Doom from 86st says:
These spas are good I use them all the time, and I support legalizing prostitution pple need to move out of Brooklyn
Dec. 23, 2013, 10:20 pm
Dumb Idiot from 86th st says:
Thanks for the addresses
Feb. 10, 6:53 pm

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