© The Stoneham Independent
STONEHAM, MA - The owner of a Main Street massage parlor right next to the Stoneham Public Library allegedly used the business as a front for an organized prostitution ring involving sex slaves.
On Monday, Attorney General (AG) Maura Healey's office revealed Quincy resident Geekin Ng, the 59-year-old proprietor of 448 Main Street's Lucky Star Body Work, had pleaded not guilty to charges he operated at least two brothels by using victims of human trafficking.
The suspect, who was arrested by Mass. State Police last Wednesday in Allston, was arraigned in Brighton District Court this week for trafficking of persons for sexual servitude and keeping a house of ill fame. Ng has pled not guilty to the charges.
Following the court proceeding, which is being prosecuted by Jennifer Snook, the deputy chief for the AG office's Human Trafficking Division, the Stoneham merchant's bail was set at $250,000. He has also been ordered to surrender his passport and subject himself to GPS monitoring as a condition of his release.
Ng is next due in court on June 27 for a probable cause hearing.
According to Healey's office, authorities from both the Boston Police Department and Mass. State Police launched a months-long investigation into the alleged organized crime enterprise after discovering evidence a brothel was being operated out of a residential property in Allston.
Investigators also reportedly learned the ring involved the Quincy man's massage parlor in Stoneham, where local police in recent years have shuttered a number of similar businesses accused of illegally offering sexual services for a fee.
"At these locations, Ng allegedly offered sexual activity between women and buyers in exchange for a fee. He delivered food and other supplies to the locations and advertised sexual services to buyers. Ng allegedly received the majority of the profits from these sexual encounters," Healey's office said in a prepared statement on Monday.
Healey has a dedicated Human Trafficking Division that focuses on policy, prevention and prosecution and includes a team of specialized prosecutors, victim advocates and Mass. State Police troopers who handle high impact, multi-jurisdictional human trafficking investigations and prosecutions across the state.
Through the Human Trafficking Division, the AG’s office has charged more than 40 individuals in connection with human trafficking since the law was passed.
As part of her commitment to reduce the demand for illegal sex and raise awareness about sex trafficking, AG Healey joined Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the business community in May to announce that 23 businesses adopted zero-tolerance policies on sex buying for their workplaces as part of a new initiative called Employers Against Sex Trafficking (EAST).
This case is being prosecuted by Deputy Chief of the AG’s Human Trafficking Division Jennifer Snook and Assistant Attorney General Thomas Caldwell, with assistance from Victim Witness Advocates Rebecca Quigley and Megan Murphy and Financial Investigator Kit Metoyer. The investigation was handled by the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, the AG’s Digital Evidence Lab, and the Boston Police Department’s Human Trafficking and Special Investigation Units and District 14, with assistance from the Stoneham Police Department.