Prostitution crackdown nets eight arrests in Paterson, Totowa, Clifton
By Jonathan Greene
Published: March 14, 2017
Eight women were arrested and almost $7,000 in prostitution proceeds were seized on Monday in a quality of life crackdown targeting prostitution at massage parlors and hotels, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik.
Authorities arrested seven women from Queens and one from the Bronx at four locations in Paterson, Totowa, and Clifton. Authorities arrested Yingyu Xuan, 60, of Queens, NY; Zhao Xuemei, 44, of Queens, NY; Fengqing Zhang, 44, of Queens, NY; Fengping Zhang, 42, of Queens, NY; Xiuyun Chen, 35, of Queens, NY; Tinglu Sun, 40, of Queens, NY; Maria Bordamalo-Poveda, 30, of Queens, NY; and Daniela Asencion, 38, of the Bronx, NY.
Xuan and Fengqing Zhang were charged with promoting prostitution while the other six were charged with prostitution, authorities said.
Undercover detectives posed as clients targeting the Sunshine Massage Therapy, 169 Union Boulevard in Totowa; Sun Spa, 848 Main Street in Paterson; Howard Johnson Inn, 680 Route 3 West in Clifton; and a location at 521 Van Houten Avenue in Clifton.
Xuan and Xuemei were arrested at 169 Union Boulevard in Totowa. Detectives arrested the two Zhangs at 848 Main Street in Paterson. Chen, Sun, and Bordamalo-Poveda were arrested at 680 Route 3 West in Clifton. Daniela Asencion was arrested at 521 Van Houten Avenue in Clifton, authorities said.
Detectives seized $6,925 in suspected prostitution promotion and solicitation proceeds, authorities said.
The eight women were charged and released.
Detectives had available members of the Passaic County Prosecutors Office, Human Trafficking Unit to assist victims of human trafficking and a drug interventionist professional, Michael Sarubbi, of Liberation Way Drug and Rehabilitation Center, to assist any woman suffering from drug addiction that may have forced them into prostitution.
Berdnik said the detail that made the arrests is part of a larger operation focusing on illegal activities that adversely affects quality of life in Passaic County.