2006-03-31 / Community

Far Rock Fem In Sex-For-Sale Bust

By Brian Magoolaghan

A Far Rockaway woman was busted for selling sex last week when police raided two Queens social clubs and arrested 10 people on prostitution, weapons and drug charges, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

A taskforce comprised of police officers, investigators from the district attorney's office and the Department of Buildings performed the pre-dawn raid Friday, March 24, at the Day Dreamz and Kalua Cabaret social clubs in Jamaica and South Jamaica, Queens.

DOB issued a vacate order at Day Dreamz, located at 146-16 Hillside Avenue and ordered the club closed until violations are corrected. At Kalua Cabaret, 143-08 94th Avenue, inspectors seized the club's certificate of occupancy, which is being investigated.

Linda A. Wright, 27, of 14-72 Beach Channel Drive, was charged with prostitution along with four other women from mainland Queens. The day before the raid, Wright and the others agreed to have sex with an undercover police officer posing as a patron for sums ranging from $150 to $250 at Day Dreamz, Brown alleged.

Four men and one woman face weapons charges after police found a loaded .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol, a switchblade and an electronic stun gun, Brown said. Another man was arrested on drug charges when he allegedly dropped a plastic bag of cocaine during the raid.

The raids were the result of an initiative by the district attorney's office, the NYPD's Queens Vice Enforcement Unit and the DOB.

"We are committed to working with Queens communities in eliminating crime and business practices that promote criminal activity," said Brown. "Prostitution is not a victimless crime. It often ensnares young women - children sometimes as young as 13 years of age who, in many cases, are forced into such activities - erodes a neighborhood's quality of life and creates an atmosphere in which more serious crimes are committed."

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