Police, FBI agents and Homeland Security raided two hotels yesterday afternoon—one each in Sunset Park and Flushing—that are currently under investigation as fronts for prostitution and human trafficking.
The raids took place simultaneously, around 3:00 p.m. at New Farrington Hotel in Flushing and Sunny 39 Hotel in Sunset Park, according to the NY Post. At least three hotel employees were arrested at each hotel. Investigators believe they each played a part in organizing the operation and setting up clients. It is believed that the prostitutes are victims of human trafficking.
"It's gotten to the point where... they're openly soliciting people on the street," one Sunset Park neighbor told ABC.
— Kemberly Richardson (@kemrichardson7) October 15, 2015
NBC reports that the owner of the Brooklyn hotel was among those arrested. According to the news outlet, officers also arrested two alleged pimps in New Jersey as part of yesterday's operation, and rescued six trafficking victims.
"Today's arrests are one piece of a focused, comprehensive effort by my office and our law enforcement partners to seek out human trafficking in New York, a deplorable form of modern-day slavery," Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement.
Charges are pending as of this morning, and the Brooklyn DA's office will prosecute suspects.