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A Jamaica man faces 25 years to life in prison following his conviction in a 2008 murder resulting from a dispute between two men over who controlled a 14-year-old prostitute.
Brandon King, 26, of 116th Street, was convicted of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon on May 8, following a two-week trial, for shooting an unarmed man five times. He is scheduled to be sentenced by Queens Supreme Court Judge Gregory Lasak on June 5.
A Whitestone woman pleaded guilty to taking part in a prostitution-and-money- laundering scheme.
Jay King, 53, pleaded on May 8 to one count of enterprise corruption for taking part in the ring operated with the help of a Manhattan-based ad agency. She is expected to be given a 3- to 9-year sentence.She will also be required to pay $100,000 in forfeiture. She will remain out of jail on $1 million bail until her sentencing.
Last year, approximately 21 million people were trafficked worldwide.
While the number is staggering, the process of human trafficking is full of misconceptions.
Mayor Bloomberg thinks other United States cities should work with immigrant communities like New York does.
Last week the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs released Blueprints for Immigrant Integration that included policies on language access, police and community engagement, economic development and entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and citizenship —and “served as detailed guides to support the replication of New York City models.”
Wei Qu pleaded guilty to corruption as part of a broader sting on prostitution and money laundering rings that advertised in newspapers and online.
A Flushing pimp pleaded guilty to enterprise corruption on April 15, after being nabbed in an online sex and money laundering sting by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Wei Qu, 51, was part of a larger-scale takedown of Somad Enterprises, Inc., which created, monitored, facilitated and used online, print and cable ads to promote prostitution across the tri-state area, using outlets such as the Village Voice and Backpage.com to promote its illegal services.
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Mayor Bloomberg signed two bills on Monday amending the city’s continued noncompliant stance on the federal Secure Communities Program.
In 2008 President Bush enacted the program that sends fingerprints of those booked in jail to the agency of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
A 90,000-square-foot residential building that was presented at last week’s Citizens for a Better Ridgewood meeting to be built at 176 Woodward Ave. in Maspeth is currently located in an Industrial Business Zone.
IBZs, established by the Bloomberg administration, were designed to promote industrial growth by setting aside specific real estate in the city for businesses.
A 22-year-old Ozone Park man has been sentenced to two to six years in prison following a guilty plea last month to sex trafficking for forcinga 15-year-old girl to work as aprostitute and to turn over all of her earnings to him.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown identified the defendant as Gary Council, 22, of 91st Street in Ozone Park.Council, who pleaded guilty on Feb. 14 to sex trafficking, was sentenced on Feb. 28 to the indeterminate term of two to six years in prison.
After much speculation, plans were announced at Monday’s meeting of Citizens for a Better Ridgewood to construct a residential building at 176 Woodward Ave.
Developers “propose to rezone the site,” according to Steve Sinacori, an attorney with Akerman Senterfitt, LLP.
This past spring your paper brought to light ads promoting prostitution in the Queens Tribune. The publisher of the Tribune hid behind free speech and also said they would do what they could to end trafficking. As someone who has worked overseas, in safe houses, rehabilitating and educating trafficked and sexually abused girls, I find these ads disgusting.
The paper has now gone even further by recently placing Tribune-sponsored coupons, offering discounts when johns mention the Tribune at a particular agency. This directly contradicts their promise to stop trafficking. Instead they have chosen to partner with pimps for profit. This is truly despicable and should be made known to the wider public.
A St. Albans couple have been indicted on charges that they kidnapped two young women, beat them, forced them to take drugs and made them perform sex acts for money, according the Queens District Attorney’s Office.
To those in the community, she is known simply as CW, but activist Christina Winslow is now seeking a different title, that of city councilwoman for the 31st District, a seat occupied by Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica).
A single mother of four, Winslow, 43, has never run for political office before, but after being encouraged by community members to do so, she decided to go for it.
Los Angeles has always had an appealing fantasy image. It has long been the home of the film industry, as well as a large chunk of the rest of showbiz. The carefree image of its sun, sea and surf were promulgated in pop music by the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, the Mamas & Papas and many others.
Of course no place is Nirvana and LA’s seamy underside that came along with its post-World War II growth spurt has been detailed in Raymond Chandler’s detective novels and in films such as “Chinatown,” “Mulholland Drive,” “Bugsy” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” The latest entrant in the modern-day film noir look at the City of Angels is “Gangster Squad.”
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown had a lot to be proud about last year, and the 22-year-veteran cited some of his office’s major 2012 accomplishments during his year-end address, which he delivered on Jan. 2 at his Kew Gardens office.
Those accomplishments include handling more than 70,000 arrest cases, having no appellate backlog, being recognized as a nationwide leader in the number of court-authorized wiretaps, having the lowest case dismissal rate in the city and taking more pre-indictment pleas than the rest of the city’s DAs combined.
Queens politics in 2012 brought new districts, a historic election in the 6th Congressional District and enough cloak-and-dagger intrigue to fill a Robert Ludlum novel.
But when Hurricane Sandy struck in October, killing 12 people in Queens and more than 40 in the city, devastating the Rockaways, Howard Beach, lower Manhattan and Staten Island, the people of central Queens, who were largely spared the storm’s wrath, rallied to the cause of those worst hit.
Politics in middle and southwestern Queens was the favorite sport outside of Citi Field in 2012, and the worst storm to hit the region in 74 years devastated some while causing others just a few flickers of their lights.
As the year began, the city filed an appeal of a ruling by federal Judge Nicholas Garaufus that found discrimination on the part of the FDNY against African-American firefighters in the testing and hiring process.
When Police Commissioner Ray Kelly sat down for an exclusive interview with the Queens Chronicle editorial board earlier this year, one of the many subjects we asked him about was sex trafficking. It’s one of the paper’s top concerns when it comes to law and order.
The commissioner described some of the department’s ongoing efforts to combat both sex trafficking and prostitution, along with the challenges officers face — victims’ frequent reluctance to come forward and the international nature of trafficking among them.
A 16-month investigation by the attorney general’s office and the NYPD has resulted in 20 indictments.
Eleven Queens residents were among 19 people indicted last week for their alleged connections to a prostitution-based money laundering operation.
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly announced the indictments on Nov. 21, saying they are the result of a 16-month investigation that focused on an advertising firm that placed ads for prostitution services in print and online publications in New York City.
Eleven Queens residents were among 19 people indicted last week for their alleged connection to a prostitution-based money laundering operation.
My favorite piece in the “Now Dig This!” exhibition — showcasing the works of 32 African-Americans in Los Angeles — is “School Crossing Guard” by Marie Johnson Calloway.
The mixed-media piece reminds me of the Argentinian artist Antonio Berni and his characters Juanito, the homeless boy, and Ramona, the prostitute, whom he painted over and over. Berni would collect trash and clothes he found on the streets of Buenos Aires and then paint a scene with Juanito or Ramona surrounded by those objects.
The NYPD’s use of stop and frisk was the topic of the evening Oct. 24 when New Yorkers from all five boroughs testified before the City Council’s Civil Rights Committee at York College in Jamaica.
The hearing came one day after Make the Road New York released a report on alleged abusive policing practices aimed at Jackson Heights’ lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
The issue is not whether the proposed soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park will not result in the loss of fields as claimed by Mark Abbot, the president of Major League Soccer (“No loss of fields,” Letters, Oct. 18). The issue is not, as claimed by Mr. Abbot, that the MLS will maintain current soccer fields in the park.
The issue is not Mr. Abbot’s purported philanthropy. The issue is yet another prostitution of FMCP by giving — not to a nonprofit organization or one engaged in charitable public works but to a private, for-profit business — up to 13 acres of urban parkland. Professional soccer, li
ke all other professional sports clubs, is owned by immensely wealthy people, and, like all private for-profit businesses, exists solely to make money, as much money as possible. I find no fault with making money, but I do object to making money by a parkland grab and adding to the ongoing dismantling of FMCP. I do object to the claim it will create jobs (minimal part-time when all is said and done) and I do object to the claim it contributes to the city’s economy, pennies in the context of our gross annual economy. I do object to the claim the stadium will be in an unused part of the park. If it is unused, grass it over and place benches and picnic tables in the area.
Urban parkland should not be kept in an unused condition so as to then be argued by myopic politicians to not even sell it, but give it away.
In the depths of the Great Depression of the 1930s this city did not sell or barter public parkland. Fields 2, 3 and 5 in FMCP are currently slated for reconstruction and this will occur without the MLS. Just like Central, Prospect, Bronx and Clove Lakes parks, FMCP should be maintained by tax dollars. Suffice it to say in the case of FMCP, the second most used park in the city — mostly by the underprivileged — the fault lies with far too many city officials, particularly those in Queens who should know better, who consider their constituents to be real estate and private interest groups. They have intentionally shortchanged and ignored FMCP, and the little people be damned.
Not only does MLS wish to construct a 25,000-seat stadium but to have the right without having to seek permission, at anytime in the future, to increase its size to 35,000. MLS Commissioner Don Garber has said this a godsend that will raise a sense of pride in the community and benefit Queens. Hogwash. It will benefit the rich owner of a private for-profit business. Mr. Garber’s further claim that a soccer stadium will make FMCP better is Madison Avenue nonsense and absurd on its face. The only thing that will make FMCP better is to prevent politicians and private special interest groups from having any say in its management.
The lack of a hue and cry in opposition by elected officials is testament to their intellectual bankruptcy and low caliber.