NEW YORK (WPIX)—A Queens woman is accused of forcing young women applying for jobs as nail salon attendants into prostitution, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota announced Tuesday.
Jin Hua Cui, 44, lured in her young victims by placing ads in Korean newspapers, officials said. When detectives searched her Flushing home, located at 158-18 35th Ave. they seized $20,000 in cash, business records, passports and boxes of condoms.
Cui is currently being held on $10,000 bail and has been charged with two counts of sex trafficking and promoting prostitution.
"Young women answering Korean Newspaper ads for nail salon attendants were coerced by Ms. Cui - by threat of violence and intimidation - into prostitution," Spota said in a statement Tuesday. "The victims were picked up daily in Flushing by the driver, co-defendant Sangyel Kuen of Flushing, and transported to massage parlors in Hicksville and Huntington Station."
Kuen, 53, pleaded guilty at his arraignment on June 22 to promoting prostitution in the third degree. Kuen admitted to the judge that Cui was engaging in sex trafficking and that he was employed as her driver.
Officials said customers who frequented the Long Island spas paid anywhere between $60 to $80 for sex. It is not clear how many women were victimized.