Hey, Bridgeport cops have become almost as familiar with city massage parlors as the suburban johns who patronize them. Community activists have urged police to keep the heat up on these unlicensed establishments that sometimes serve as fronts for crime and grime. News release from Bridgeport Police spokesman Bill Kaempffer:
Another sweep of the city massage parlors revealed four more had illegally re-opened–two for the second time–after being closed down last month.
Members of the Narcotics and Vice squad on Saturday visited 10 locations closed down in December. The businesses were ordered shut under a state law requiring massage parlors to be licensed and all masseuses acquire state licenses. The parlors are believed to be fronts for prostitution.
The inspections showed four had re-opened and continued to operate without the needed documents. Officers went in undercover posing as customers and inquired about a massage. When they were quoted a price, other officers entered and requested to see the required licensing. No one could provide any.
Seven women were arrested and the four businesses closed down again.
The four that reopened were Chate’au, 2662 Fairfield Ave.; Silver Spa, 2742 Fairfield Ave.; Oriental Health Spa, 2336 Main St., and Kay’s Hong Kong, 604 North Ave.
The women were booked and held on $1,000 bonds.
Arrested were: Kisook Kimm, 46, of New Jersey; Aesu Lee-Mundy, 51, of Kentucky; Misung Lee, 59, of New Jersey; Young Stone, 52, of New York; Chang Anderson, 67, of New York; Kumyop Dunford-Harris, 63, of Bridgeport, and Chun Lee Hwang, 49, of Bridgeport.
The city police, heath and fire departments will continue to collaborate on the issue.