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NY cops busted for K’Town brothel protection racket

Two New York cops were busted for taking bribes from a Korean-run brothel in Flushing in return for protection and shutting down competing brothels. From the New York Times:

It is one of the oldest forms of police corruption: taking money to look the other way.
And that is what two veteran police officers were doing in Flushing, Queens, federal authorities said yesterday. They looked the other way, the officials said, while a brothel took in more than $1 million a year from customers who streamed in from shiny late-model cars double-parked outside.
Inside the stucco and brick building, across the street from a cemetery, 16 women, many of whom officials believe paid thousands to come to the United States from South Korea and China, worked as prostitutes behind windows obscured by pink or maroon satin fabric. But the two officers did not take much money: one accepted just several hundred dollars, the other the discounted services of the house, according to court papers.
And they did more than just look away. Prosecutors charge that they helped shut down the brothel’s competitors, essentially using the information they had gleaned in their illicit relationship with one criminal enterprise to burnish their reputations as policemen by working to shut down others.

The arrested were police officers Dennis Kim, 29, and Jerry Svoronos, 30; the woman and man accused of running the brothel, Gina Kim and Geeho Chae, both 37; and 16 young women who are believed to have worked as prostitutes. The brothel was apparently well known in Flushing, and apparently did a roaring trade:

The arrests and the raid in a quiet residential section of Flushing opened a window to what some called a thriving community of brothels in the largely Chinese and South Korean community. One man who said he was a client of the shuttered establishment said that the existence of brothels was well known in the area, and that each has its own practices, regulations and pricing systems, like charging more for customers who come from South Korea than those who come from China.
It is a lucrative trade, according to an affidavit supporting the arrest warrants sworn out by F.B.I. Special Agent Won Yoon. In a secretly recorded conversation, Ms. Kim told the undercover detective that, on the day the brothel opened on May 18, 2005, she had 20 customers each paying $200, earning $4,000 that single day. The brothel’s first location was at 43-53 162nd Street, and later moved to 164th Street, the affidavit said.

200 dollars a trick? Damn. Considerably more lucrative than peddling 60,000 won handjobs. I guess the streets really are paved with gold in America. But service fees apparently depended on nationality. And no round-eyes of any pigmentation allowed:

Along 162nd Street, the man who identified himself as a former client of the brothel said that the Korean system of prostitution in New York City was tightly managed. In a Korean brothel, the man, 28, said, only Korean and Chinese men were allowed in. He said that when he patronized the brothel at 53-43 162nd Street two years ago, there were two prices in place, for some unexplained reason: $150 for Chinese patrons, and $200 for Koreans.

150 bucks for Chinese but 200 for Koreans? Laying the sadaejueui on a little thick, no?
Anyway, according to the New York Daily News, Officer Kim said he never took bribes from Kim and Chae. Instead, he claims he used the couple as informants and arranged free services for his partner in crime, Officer Svoronos:

Yoon secretly recorded Dennis Kim bragging about using Chae as an “unregistered confidential informant,” saying the crime tips would to help land him a promotion.
“I wanted to be the No. 1 cop because I wasn’t making sergeant,” Officer Kim was recording saying. “You know, I wasn’t smart enough.”
He said he arranged freebies for Svoronos at the brothel, but never took a bribe.
But Chae and Gina Kim, both 37 and immigrants from Korea, told investigators they gave Officer Kim cash and that both he and Svoronos had romps on the house.

Read the Korean account via KBS.

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  • cm

    Looking forward to watching the MBC PD Diary’s report on “Prostitution Export Country Korea”. The report is based on the latest news from NY.

    It’s one step forward and 5 steps backward for Korea. You can kiss all that hard work gained with 2002 WC, “Hanryu”, and other nationalistic promotions good bye with this one prostitution bust – thanks to the culture of prostitution in Korea. You think American TV viewers don’t notice these? This is just another reason why Korea just can’t shake the bad reputation of a Third World country.

  • http://koreanamerican431.blogspot.com/ baduk

    Dennis Kim could be a decent cop. Bad thing he did was to trust Gina Kim and Chae. As a second generation Korean American (29 years old), he has been never been burnt by other Koreans.

    Now, he has.

  • luxbearer

    “150 bucks for Chinese but 200 for Koreans?”

    you see? IF there is discrimination, it works both ways.

  • blarney

    luxbearer wrote:
    “150 bucks for Chinese but 200 for Koreans?”
    you see? IF there is discrimination, it works both ways.

    IF that is your general defintion of discrimination, how about this?

    In the USA, a foreigner has to pay two times as much as a Chinese
    cumstomer for the same kind of services at China town hair salons.

    In mainland China, a foreigner has to pay at least five times more than
    a Chinese cumstomer for the same kind of restaurant menu.

    IF you are to define of a word next time, try to form a clear and working definition
    of it in a convicing way that everyone can buy.

  • Humoresque

    O, Why Robert! Why are you saying “200 dollars a trick? Damn. Considerably more lucrative than peddling 60,000 won handjobs.”? You sound like you regret being born a male. It’s no use crying over spilt milk. That’s how the cookie crumbles. What is done cannot be undone. Your parents made an irrevocable mistake. Now what? I don’t hate to say this, but there’s just one thing that you have to do from now on. You had better study your English grammar everyday!

  • dogbertt

    By all means, let the visa waiver begin.

    While we’re at it, let’s include the world’s oldest profession in the FTA negotiations.

    Funny how even in the U.S., Koreans cannot help discriminating against whitey. What fools we be.

  • jyce

    Yes, because overcharging Korean customers has something to do with the global conspiracy against the White Man.

  • http://rjkoehler.com Robert

    Yes, because overcharging Korean customers has something to do with the global conspiracy against the White Man.

    I knew it! :)

    On a more serious note (but not that much more serious), I wonder why they would overcharge the Koreans? If the primary customers were tourists, I could understand–Koreans could obviously afford to pay more. But I’m assuming that most of the clientele were U.S. citizens (or at least permanent residents). Is there a big gap in the average earnings of Koreans and Chinese in Flushing? Or are there other reasons the entrepreneurs in question would jack up the cost of service for Koreans?

  • Brendon Carr

    Contemplating getting into the sex business, Robert? Will we be seeing all-new uses for the Marmot’s Hole? (Double and triple entendres intentional!)

  • http://www.sperwerslog.com Sperwer

    Dennis Kim could be a decent cop. Bad thing he did was to trust Gina Kim and Chae. As a second generation Korean American (29 years old), he has been never been burnt by other Koreans.

    I expected better from Baduk. A decent cop? This knucklehead Kim commits a crime, corrupts his partner, violates his oath, tarnishes his badge and disgraces his service and his fellow officers and, in pathetically typical fashion, another Korean thinks Kim is the victim.

    Even assuming Kim was in some way had by Madames Kim and Chae — and sometimes one of the consolations of being a barbarian in the Confusionist kingdom or around the tribe in its foreign encampments is that the Koreans genrally treat one another worse than outsiders — he’s a dirtbag and should be cashiered. That’s the compassionate thing to do here, so he learns something about personal responsibility and has an opportunity to change his behavior for the better and live uprightly in the future, instead of being invited to wallow in self-pitying “han”.

  • http://www.koreasojourner.blog-city.com/ usinkorea

    In the small town where I went to high school in north Georgia, there was a prostitution bust a couple of years ago at 2 Korean run massage parlors. They were said to be connected to the Korean mafia out of Atlanta. It was interesting news, because this town never had massage parlors before (or since). But, it did nothing to “Korea’s image” in this area. The story had no legs. It was here and gone.

    Since then, a Asian garden supply shop has set up in a very odd location in the middle of nowhere but on the highway between two towns. Such a garden supply shot, with lawn statues and such, is about as odd for this area as a massage parlor.

    My wife (Korean) and I are waiting to see if it isn’t the Korean mafia setting up a different front…..if it is, at least this time they picked one that won’t draw much attention.

  • http://www.koreasojourner.blog-city.com/ usinkorea

    I forgot — the place also seems to have a nail salon small building attached to it too……which is what makes it more curious…

  • Yeosu.be.there

    usinkorea,

    I apologize if I’m stating the obvious, but do you suppose the shop is set up to “sell hoes”?

  • http://bluejives.typepad.com/burp bluejives

    Funny how even in the U.S., Koreans cannot help discriminating against whitey. What fools we be.

    I would guess the reason why these places say no to whitey is because a whitey john has a higher likelihood of being undercover law enforcement according to Mama-san’s logic. It’s just business, dont take it so personally, dawg.

  • http://koreanamerican431.blogspot.com/ baduk

    Bluejives is right. And, another factor is that white customers may carry some STDs unknown to Korean hookers. Especially AIDS.

    Asian dicks are cleaner.

  • Yeosu.be.there

    Baduk, you are officially a stereotype masquerading as a purveryor of knowledge.

  • michael

    “Asian dicks are cleaner.” Did you do a survey?

  • Schlapsta

    To avoid another flaming penus war, let’s just say that the Chinese and Korean customers (likely) perceive themselves as cleaner. True or not, this perception alone is reason enough for Madam Kim not to admit whitey.

    Why compete on price, with all the other establishments in NY, when she can differentiate and charge a premium?

  • michael

    I was just funnin’ Baduk. But if any Asians think they’re magically immune to STDs they are in for a rude awakening.

  • http://koreanamerican431.blogspot.com/ baduk

    Simple biology 101. Korean hookers are used to regional Korean STDs and have survived them and have developed immune system (anti-bodies) against them.

    Whiteys bring a whole lot of new STDs. If I were one of those Kimchi-eating hookers, I would only see Korean customers if I could.

  • http://koreanamerican431.blogspot.com/ baduk

    Koreans have less body odor as well. Johns rarely take shower before visiting a hooker.

    Many of them, white Johns, take drugs before visiting these establishments and may get violent in their drug-induced frenzy.

  • Yeosu.be.there

    “If any Asians think they’re magically immune to STDs they are in for a rude awakening.”

    Especially when sex education in Korea is painfully lacking and condom use is far less prevalent than in Western countries.

    Here is an interesting study conducted in 1999.

    http://www.eymj.org/1999/pdf/029.pdf

  • Yeosu.be.there

    “Many of them, white Johns, take drugs before visiting these establishments and may get violent in their drug-induced frenzy.”

    I’d be interested to know where/who you’re getting your information from. And I also wonder if you are including alcohol as a drug in your “research”.

    “If I were one of those Kimchi-eating hookers…”

    Then you probably wouldn’t have to worry about contacting any STDs, would you? Since we all know that kimchi is the miracle cure-all?

  • dogbertt

    I would guess the reason why these places say no to whitey is because a whitey john has a higher likelihood of being undercover law enforcement according to Mama-san’s logic. It’s just business, dont take it so personally, dawg.

    Then mama-san is illogical.

    There are plenty of Korean-Americans in law enforcement, at both the local and federal levels. If their bosses had any sense, they would utilize them as undercover johns.

    By the way, I notice that after my Stephen Hawking comment, you changed your blog picture to look more buff in a NYPD tee. Do you moonlight as a peace officer?

  • dogbertt

    Good Lord, baduk, I would love to have you ride Line 1 of the Seoul subway with me someday to test your “Koreans have less body odor” theory.

  • Yeosu.be.there

    “Many of them, white Johns, take drugs before visiting these establishments and may get violent in their drug-induced frenzy.”

    Sounds like you have first-hand knowledge. I’m curious to know where or from whom you are acquiring your information. And are you also including alcohol as a drug in your “research”?

    “If I were one of those Kimchi-eating hookers…”

    Then you wouldn’t have to worry about contacting any form of STD, would you? Since we all know that kimchi is the miracle cure-all.

  • michael

    “Korean hookers are used to regional Korean STDs”–are you referring to this?:
    “The first known [HIV] case, in 1985, was a South Korean prostitute who had sex mainly with U.S. servicemen. When other women from areas near U.S. bases tested HIV-positive in the late 1980s, they all had a specific virus now known as the “Korean strain.” Health experts say a majority of AIDS cases in South Korea carry that strain.”

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/03/14/MN19286.DTL

    And kimchi doesn’t seem to be working:
    “South Korea Reports Highest Annual Increase in AIDS Virus Carriers in 2005″

    http://www.aegis.com/news/ads/2006/AD060276.html

  • Sonagi

    Blarney, what do you know about Chinese menus? I lived in China four years and speak and read Chinese. Only in a few tourist dumps did the staff try to overcharge me. Japanese tourists in Korea have experienced similar “discrimination.”

    Dogbert, I could smell some foreigners before I saw them on the subway. Whenever I’d get a whiff of BO and look around to find the source, I’d almost always notice that an overweight Westerner or West Asian foreigner had just boarded the train. I know this observation is totally not PC and may offend some people, but I am just stating an observation. BTW, I am a European-American who used to be overweight. When I was heavier, I had to be more vigilant in using deodorant.

  • dogbertt

    I know that unwashed non-Koreans can have horrendous b.o. Once again, I am just trying to explain that the belief held by many (Korean and not, alike) that Koreans categorically have less body odor than others (or, as some claim, do not have body odor at all) is false.

  • http://www.occidentalism.org shakuhachi

    Asian dicks are cleaner.

    Baduk, I know you are not the guy to go off half-cocked and give an opinion if you werent 100% sure about it. After all, you were right about Hwang. I am sure you have sucked a representative sample of Asian and white mens dicks, and then come to your conclusion.

  • dogbertt

    Baduk is a scientist, after all.

  • Sonagi

    Well, actually, Dogbert, deodorant is not widely used in Japan, Korea, and China because the armpits of Oriental Asians produce less odor. Body weight also explains perceptions of differences in body odor.

  • dogbertt

    Well, actually, Sonagi, my nose has detected plenty of body odor in both China and Korea.

  • http://koreanamerican431.blogspot.com/ baduk

    Yes, I am a scientist and I objectively state that

    1) Far East Asians have less body odor than Westerners. However, some Asians do not take a bath for months. With their sweat and dead sperms, they stink. However, if they take a bath, they are usually OK for a couple of weeks.

    2) Far East Asians carry less VDs. Mostly the old varieties of Gonorhea and Syplus and few cases of AIDS and Herpes as yet. Definitely cleaner. Antibiotics still cure most of Asian STDs.

  • railwaycharm

    Koreans have less body odor???? Ever take a ride in a taxi in Seoul? Koreans have different body odor, they eat less dairy so they smell differently.

  • dogbertt

    Baduk, you are full of .

  • http://www.cominganarchy.com Curzon

    Asian dicks are cleaner.

    Do we have a conosiuer here? :laugh:

  • R. Elgin

    I have read where Asians have less sweat glands than us smelly, non-Asians. That could account for Asians having less of a perceived body odor, though I have no interest in testing that theory.

    I’m just happy I can take showers and don’t need to employ a hooker; to quote a good friend of mine “There is just too much free p**** in the world to be paying for it.”

  • wjk

    Data from Matsunaga 1962, Petrakis 1971, Mosby’s Guide to Physical Examination, 5th edition, pg. 165, left box.

    Asian and Native Americans have less body odor because of fewer functioning apocrine glands and a difference in the gland’s secretions.

    From a medical school text book.

    Or ask any doc in any country to verify.

  • wjk

    it’s okay now to apologize to Baduk and say that most of what Baduk says is probably true…:)

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