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Chinese women arrested in New Jersey for running sophisticated brothel

By Mason White 1:30 PM December 30, 2014
Jing Hong Xia 

By: Feng Qian
Police in New Jersey, arrested a woman after they found a lot of condoms in her car.

51-year-old Jing Hong Xia, of Queens, New York, was arrested in New Jersey, after police found hundreds of condoms in her car.

Police said that Xia, was on her way to a home in Englewood, New Jersey. Police have been keeping an eye on the home for some time.

Xia of Flushing, Queens, has been accused of promoting prostitution and maintaining a brothel.

Englewood Police discovered the brothel after someone reported that women were held there against their will.

Police forcibly entered the rental house and found that nobody was living there, but it was set up as a brothel.

“The home was set up strictly for prostitution. It was a self-contained operation, complete with washing machines and driers to clean bed sheets and towels,” Englewood Police Detective Capt. Timothy Torell said.

The officers were watching the house while awaiting a search warrant. Xia and three women drove up to the house in a Lexus. They were arrested for questioning, and police later searched the house with a warrant.

Police seized financial records, computers, televisions and a CCTV system, which they said proved that the home was used for prostitution.

Xia was taken to the Bergen County Jail, where she was held on $11,500 bail.

According to police, three younger Chinese women who admitted to working as prostitutes, told police they had not been forced into being sex workers.

They were released because they were not caught in the act.

“We encountered situations like this on a regular basis. Young Chinese women, many of whom are in the United States illegally, are often lured to a particular brothel by being promised a good job,” Torell said.

“If these women refuse to cooperate, they are often imprisoned or threats are made against members of their family in China,” he said.

The homeowner of the two-story house had no idea that it was being used as a brothel.