The madam is accused of getting the girls to come to her by using promises of jobs at nail salons. The New York Daily News reports that 44-year-old Jin Hua Cui put up her help-wanted ads in Korean language newspapers and advertised for the johns on Craigslist. Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota says,
"Women would respond thinking that they were going to work at a nail salon. She then forced them into prostitution through threats of violence, intimidation and embarrassment. If they did not cooperate she would reveal to their family, friends and members of the community in Flushing that they were working as prostitutes and threaten to have Chinese gangs kill them."
The women would be driven every morning to massage parlors in Huntington Station and Hicksville and forced to have sex for between $60 and $80 per client.
Cui allegedly pocketed the fees, leaving the women only whatever the men left as tips. Detectives executing a search warrant at Cui's sprawling, million-dollar home in Flushing found $20,00 in cash, and thousands of condoms.
Prosecutors say they have located at least seven women who were duped by the ruse.
Police also arrested 53-year old Sangyuel Kuen of Flushing, who worked as the driver. He has already pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution.
Cui pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and promoting prostitution and is now being held on $10,000 bail.