Police Uncover Alleged Prostitution Ring At Post Office Square Business

There had been many complaints by neighboring business owners of the "888 Massage" or "Jade Massage Therapy" business.

A press release from the Clinton Police Department:

The along with members of the Connecticut State Police conducted a six-month investigation into an alleged prostitution operation in Clinton.

The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at the business known as "Jade Massage Therapy" at 3 Post Office Square. The business is also known as "888 Massage." Police said they received numerous complaints from citizens reporting male clients who were patronizing the business were engaging in sex with the female employees inside the business. The business was advertised on the internet and on signage in town.

During the investigation, which included surveillance and working with cooperating witnesses, it was determined most of the clients were adult males from out of town and virtually all were allegedly engaged in the illicit activity.

Police also determined that the employees who worked at the business did not have a Connecticut Massage license.  The employees and the owner were identified and all are all from New York. The owner, Yujing Hou, also known as “Anna” of Flushing, New York, does have a Connecticut Massage license but is not at the business on a regular basis.

Police were able to obtain a search and seizure warrant for the business. The search warrant was executed and police seized evidence from the business to include business records, notes, lotions, oils, advertising and computers. Police also seized an internal surveillance system which could be recorded and or accessed remotely by the business owner. Police also determined that this business is associated with other similar type businesses in Connecticut and the Tri-state area.

Police arrested an employee, Yan Qin, also known as “Connie” and charged her with Prostitution 53a-182. It was determined that Qin, 39, of Flushing, New York, has a previous arrest in 2011 in New York for prostitution. She is not a licensed massage therapist.

Qin is scheduled to appear in Middletown Superior court on March 20.

The Clinton Department of Zoning and the Connecticut River Area Health district are also investigating. The case remains open and police expect to make more arrests.

---- end of press release

Bradford Sullivan, who operates the located at 4 Post Office Square directly across the street from the business, said, "I am glad it's closed. It was a black eye on the community and our businesses in this area."

unanimous March 12, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Great job Clinton PD on closing down Jade's Massage! But it's fair to ask why this took so long. Personally I'd like to know because I was indirectly involved with this investigation. On 8/10/10 I contacted Paul & Lisa, a CT-based nonprofit that deals with human trafficking - including forced prostitution - about 888 SPA 1 (former name of Jade's). I emailed the group after a journalist friend based in New Haven shared a letter from a concerned citizen about the lack of response by the CPD after at least two complaints about the business. According to the letter, the CPD said that they did not have time to investigate with only two detectives on staff. This upset me when you consider the entire previous week's police report: Call # 10-15041, Suspicious Vehicle report, Summary: On 08/01/10 at approximately 1324 hours, a green pickup was reported in the area of the transfer station. The vehicle had left the area prior to officers arrival. Investigating officer or personnel assigned: XXXXXX Call # 10-15155, Criminal Mischief Report, Summary: On 08/03/10, at about 1036, a caller from Liberty St., near RT 1, reported his pool fence was damaged over night. The incident is under investigation. Investigating officer or personnel assigned: XXXXXX
unanimous March 12, 2012 at 04:53 PM
(continued) Call # 10-15272, Suspicious Motor Vehicle report, Summary: On 08/04/10, at about 2335, a caller from Kenilworth Drive reported that a black sedan was parked near the land trust path for 25 minutes. The vehicle had left the area prior to officers arrival. Investigating officer or personnel assigned: XXXXXX Are you serious guys?! This response leaves me thinking there are two possible reasons to explain CPD's slow response to closing down Jade's: 1) CPD didn't take the complaints seriously despite numerous, repeated requests from local business owners & concerned citizens 2) CPD was actually involved in a long-term investigation rather than the 6 months cited in the official press release Hopefully the latter is the case - but I think it's time for the CPD to let us know. & don't get me wrong, I sincerely believe CPD & other police departments around our country *are* heros. They work long hours, risk their lives, and all too often get little thanks in return from the citizens they protect. CPD, what's the true story here?
Jay March 12, 2012 at 06:29 PM
You did not mention the very high pay and benefits they get plus that fact that on almost a weekly basis we read about another cop being arrested, accused, fired , fined, jailed. As far as being heros that does not mean anything anymore - today teachers are heros, etc etc.
Vindaloo March 12, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Jay,that's a bit much. Every group has their bad, but the police in this town have been very respectable. When you consider that their pay is just above the states average for any occupation, they go far beyond what we pay them. Also, they have helped protect my business and this community quite well. This situation is just unexplainable.
Phil Sengle March 13, 2012 at 01:17 PM
First folks complaign that nothing was being done by the Clinton P.D., then when the "bust" happened, many complaigned that it took too long. In spite of what you may think this is not CSI Miami or Law and Order where the most serious of crimes are solved in a hour. This was and is a complex case rquiring long hours of investigation and documentation. Extra care is taken by our professionals because one slip up or missed detail can get the case thrown out of court. If you ever have to call 911 (and I hope you don't), rest assured that a professional will show up at your door in 3-5 minutes. "Rejoice and be glad in it".
Phil Sengle March 13, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Jay: You are way off base. Yes, we often read about Police Officers getting in trouble. But did you ever notice that this never involves Clinton Officers? You are painting everyone with the same brush. If they ever have to save your butt, I'll bet they will be your heros. Whether you thinks so or not they put there lives on the line everyday, so most of us have no idea what it takes. We have a well run Department. You should have signed up for the Clinton Police Academy starting next week so you would really know what goes on.
unanimous March 13, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Hey, I am 100% rejoicing and glad that Jade's is closed. Our family lives within 1/2 mile of PO Square, and walks downtown regularly with our kids going to Town Hall, The Coffee Break, CVS, etc. How do you think we felt getting asked questions about this "business" by our children? We are all trying to make Clinton a better place to live, work, and raise our families. The Jade's bust is obviously a hot button topic, and it's great that so many people are both praising CPD's role in closing the business but also asking valid questions about why it didn't happen sooner. My point is about responsiveness of CPD to business and citizen complaints. I also am very concerned about transparency in government. When there is an open and honest dialog - involving CPD - then these questions will be answered. "Trust, but verify" - Ronald Reagan
VIN CIMINO March 13, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Unfortunately, in law enforcement, prostitution is considered a low priority crime. However, this establishment was located right in our town center with large signage. It was not your typical illicit business; it was blatant and damaging to the town's reputation. I have a lot of sympathy for nearby business owners who had to deal with this operation, day and night for years. We can only hope that the 2-year long investigation was necessary and that the court will impose stiff penalties.
Phil Sengle March 13, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Your questions can be answered when the case is closed. This is an ongoing investigation. And perhaps not until the courts have acted. Also Members of the community are welcome to meet the chief anytime to discuss issues, except open cases. The community is also invited to attend Police Commission meetings (I'm a member). The next one is April 9th at 6 PM in the community room at the P.D. I have to tell you, hardly anyone attends. The P.D. is an open book if you want to look. Also the Citizen Police Academy which starts next week is an excellent way to really learn the facts about the P.D., rather than relying on speculation. It might be full however but you can find out by calling the routine number (860) 669-0451 and pressing 0.
Vindaloo March 13, 2012 at 02:20 PM
It was human trafficking, which is a very serious crime. The police said they expect to make more arrests.
unanimous March 13, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Thanks for the thoughtful reply, Phil. It's great to hear you are on the Police Commission. Please take my feedback to the rest of the commission as community feedback. Ms. Zamecnik's comments are also very relevant and should be noted and acted upon in order to foster improved CPD/community dialog. Understood that this is an open investigation and that it takes time to build an airtight case and achieve a successful prosecution. Otherwise these bums just set up shop in the next town over, with continuing potential for exploitation of poor women and underage girls who are often illegal immigrants with minimal legal protection.
unanimous March 13, 2012 at 02:26 PM
unanimous March 13, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Prostitutes are marginalized members of society. They are typically poor women, often illegal immigrants, and frequently underage girls. "Pretty Woman" was a movie: reality isn't like that. It's a vicious business, and often is actually modern day sexual slavery. Pimps enforce compliance with beatings, rape, etc. Add in limited English language skills and questionable legal status and you can see how these women & girls can be exploited. Nothing pretty about it.
Phil Sengle March 13, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I agree, but wish that folks would come to the meetings personally. That would have much more of an impact. Again our Chief will meet with anyone with a legitimate complaint or who just wants to know or understand.
Vindaloo March 13, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Who decides if a complaint is legitimate???????????
Phil Sengle March 13, 2012 at 04:41 PM
You decide, but you know that. So are you attending April 9th?
Jay March 13, 2012 at 05:00 PM
PS - actually there have been similar problem police issues in Clinton over the last years including a dispatcher, a cop with drug/alcohol issues and a least one really big issue with underage sex in the fire department. Of course that is only what was made public and that I can immediately recall . Oh - there was the ear pulling by a line officer assaulting another officer - that went to trial. The assumption that cops, etc do not, in the same proportions as society, engage in inappropriate or criminal behavior is a myth perpetrated by people that also cross their fingers a lot.
Vindaloo March 13, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Though I try to enter the police station building as seldom as possible, I would like to attend the meeting if this topic will be on the slate for discussion. I will need coverage at my business, since I don't close until 7pm. Can I bring friends??? :)
Phil Sengle March 13, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Catherine: This is a public meeting. Any resident can attend. We always have an agenda spot at the beginning where anyone can speak. However if difficult to get there I'm sure we could let you speak after 7 PM. I'll work on agenda.
Phil Sengle March 13, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Jay: I don't understand your point. So officers are not perfect. That is no news flash. What should we do? Get rid of police or pay them less? Generally you get what you pay for. You seem to have a bias against them so I'm starting to think that nothing I or others say will make any difference to you. I suggest you come to Police Commission meeting and voice your concerns. But then of course you will have to identify yourself. That won't be so easy will it?
Vindaloo March 13, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I'll be there at 6pm. All I have left to say after all this is "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
Rick Dennis March 15, 2012 at 05:45 PM
This is the best comment on this whole page!!
Rick Dennis March 15, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Jay I agree,I read about one of those officers in the hartford courant,I've seen so many officer's in the new's get fired for way less than the thing's that happen here.
Bart Brown March 16, 2012 at 06:33 AM
Case is still open. So is Jade Massage Therapy: new haven craigslist > services offered > therapeutic services JADE ASIAN MASSAGE EX 63 I95 (CLINTON CT 06413) Date: 2012-03-10, 9:47PM EST Reply to: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [Errors when replying to ads?] WELCOME TO JADE THERAPY COME & ENJOY THE HEALING PLEASURE OF A RELAXING MASSAGE. WE HAVE THE SKILLS TO MEET YOUR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS. 4 HANDS MASSAGE ALSO AVAILABLE OPEN MON TO SUN 10 TO 10 WE ARE LOCATED AT 3 Post Office Square Clinton Ct 06413 Tel: 860-669-8889 (I95 Exit 63 Clinton CT ) $60 HR Location: CLINTON CT 06413 it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests PostingID: 2895782682
Vindaloo March 16, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Bart, Jade spa IS closed. The unit has been gutted out and is up for rent again. New tenants are looking at it. Jade might have moved somewhere else, but they're out of here.
Vindaloo December 13, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I'd like to update all about the new Asian "therapeutic" massage parlor going in at 1 East Main Street. Serendipity Massage is going in at the location of the former Clinton Music Center. Different owners than Jade. Right on the corner in the center of our town...across from the post office. I think it's time for a town meeting on this issue. This kind of business should not be allowed in our town center but in less obvious places. I believe the zoning regs spell that out, but need to be enforced. Even if it is a legit massage, there are reviews about them throughout the state that show that all customers are men looking for the same thing. Is this what we want to attract to our town center? Is this what we want spotlighted as our business model in Clinton? What a shame the landlord lacks such respect for his fellow citizens and small businesses. I ask that this community comes together to ask our officials to uphold or change the regs so that our community can be protected from further humiliation. It's not so much what goes on in there, it's what it looks like goes on in there and the reason for most of it's customers visits to town that should be considered. They should be required to move.
Victor Hugo December 20, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Presumptive and racist
Vindaloo December 20, 2012 at 02:08 AM
I am neither...How dare you. I care about this community, obviously more than you do, and I have been experiencing these people for years now. Honestly, I thought people would care. I never thought such a senseless comment would be made. No wonder this town sucks. I give up. Good luck. Have fun in there.
VIN CIMINO December 20, 2012 at 03:14 AM
After the entire Jade episode, Catherine certainly can't be criticized for expressing concern. The town joins her in feeling that a Jade type enterprise doesn't belong in the center of town or anywhere else in Clinton, for that matter. I'm sure the police will closely scrutinize the operation of Serendipity Massage. I agree with Catherine that our zoning regulations should be reviewed periodically and updated to address community concerns as needed. We finally have a brand new chairman of Planning & Zoning, Anselmo Delia, and a new Vice-chairman, Alan Kravitz. I know that they intend to review the zoning regulations and assemble a town plan for the future. I suggest that all concerns be brought to their attention at their monthly meetings.
Vindaloo December 20, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Thank you, Vince, for your greatly appreciated support. I am depending on the rest of the community to feel th same way.


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