Queens hookers back in business across the street after police raid

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Hookers were back to their old tricks Saturday in Flushing, just days after cops padlocked an illicit sex den on a block littered with eight brothels.

The working girls crossed the street to avoid the heat, setting up shop on the opposite side of 40th Road, where they offered themselves to a Post reporter.

An Asian woman who called herself Sissy led a reporter by the hand to a fifth-floor room at 135-20 40th Road, thrust her hips at him, made a motion referencing a sex act and patted her groin. She asked for $80. The reporter said he was nervous and left.

“They are doing it on the other side of the street,” said Councilman Peter Koo of the hookers following the NYPD raid. “There are a lot more on the other side. Police promise us they are going to close more in the next couple weeks.”

The NYPD has struggled to contain the brazen sex-for-sale bazaar, between Prince and Main Streets, known as “The Track” among Chinese sex workers.

They padlocked an alleged house of ill repute at 135-25 40th Road on Wednesday night. Just four days prior, a Chinese woman calling herself Sophia offered a Post reporter sex for $100 there.

Cops slapped a yellow notice on the door from Queens Supreme Court ordering the place shut under the city’s nuisance abatement law.

Until recently 40th Road seems to have flown under the radar.

After the NYPD shuttered 13 alleged brothels in the first half of 2018 in Flushing, it padlocked just four in the second half of the year. And not one closure involved The Track, despite a surge of community complaints.

In 2017, only one nuisance abatement targeted The Track.

Advocates who assist the women say pimps in that Red Light district use threats and coercion to keep them from leaving.

“We hear a lot of coercive tactics — the threat to deport them or call the police to have them arrested is one tactic, and taking away their passport or their personal documents,” said Susan Liu, a director at Garden of Hope, an anti-trafficking nonprofit that works with the Chinese community.

Cops have said they planned to reduce arrests of prostitutes after working girl Yang Song jumped to her death in 2017 during a police raid on 40th.

The inside of one of the brothels.
The inside of one of the brothels.

“In our experience nearly all organized prostitution involves a nexus to human trafficking,” said an NYPD spokesman.

“While focusing on the pimps, johns and landlords who facilitate this crime we also offer services to those that are victimized.”

But Leigh Latimer, a Legal Aid attorney who represents clients charged with prostitution-related crimes, said she hasn’t seen any decline.

“What’s troubling is the NYPD doesn’t understand the trauma that comes along with an arrest.”

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