Bay Ridge Residents Wary of New Massage Parlors

More than half a dozen massage parlors have opened in Bay Ridge in just the last six months

Friday, Jun 14, 2013  |  Updated 7:04 AM EDT
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Some Brooklyn residents are upset over a rise in the number of spas in their community that they say may be advertising illegal services on the internet. Jonathan Vigliotti reports.

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Some Brooklyn residents are upset over a rise in the number of spas in their community that they say may be advertising illegal services on the internet. Jonathan Vigliotti reports.

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Some Brooklyn residents are upset over a rise in the number of spas in their community that they say may be advertising illegal services on the Internet.

Neighbors of more than half a dozen massage parlors that have opened in Bay Ridge in just the last six months say they believe the businesses are likely fronts for prostitution.

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

According to the paper, a recent Craigslist posting for Linda Day Spa on Fifth Avenue between 81st and 82nd streets offered customers the opportunity to “enjoy a sweet young girl.”

The owner of the parlor, who declined to give her name told NBC 4 New York that they did not provide any illegal services.

A law enforcement source in the 68th Precinct told the paper that they had received numerous complaints about the parlors, and said authorities were investigating the situation.

Jonathan Vigliotti Contributed reporting.

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