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Kew Motor Inn, Alleged "Haven" For Hookers, Closes Its Doors (With A Little Help From The City)

The Kew Motor Inn, located in a residential section of Kew Gardens, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, was a "haven" for hookers and their pimps. So was the Par Central Motor Inn, which also is located in a residential area of Kew Gardens.

Thanks to the city's "nuisance abatement" laws, however, the alleged hooker havens are no mas -- they were shut down earlier this week after five motel employees were arrested on multiple hooker harboring-related offenses.

(It should be noted that each of these establishments boasts a Yahoo! travel rating of "one star" and "three star" respectively).

"These two motels have been deemed public nuisances that have generated numerous prostitution-related arrests - including those involving underage girls - during the past year and have been the subject of numerous complaints from local residents," Brown explains as the reasons for shutting down the two hooker sanctuaries.

Brown says authorities have been watching the two motels since December and have witnessed "various acts of illegal activity," mostly having to do with prostitution and bribery at the hands of the motels' desk clerks.

Undercover police officers, Brown says, watched the clerks accept bribes, allow undercover officers to rent rooms without proper identification, and knowingly allow prostitution at the motels. In one case, an undercover officer posing as a prostitute instructed the desk clerks to call her room when a "customer" arrived for them and then directed the customer to the room of the faux-hooker. 

In any event, the two aforementioned motels are no longer hooker-friendly, and the suspects listed below have been charged with the listed crimes.

HARRIPERSA RAMJATTAN, 63, of 105-65 130th Street in Queens, is charged with promoting prostitution, first- and second-degree falsifying business records, second-degree commercial bribe receiving and permitting prostitution. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in
prison.

BHASKAR CHANIHA, 52, of 88-80 195th Place in Queens, is charged with first- and second-degree falsifying business records, second-degree commercial bribe receiving and permitting prostitution. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison.

WOJUECH D. SADY, 25, of 37 Villa Court in Hempstead, Long Island, is charged with promoting prostitution, second-degree commercial bribe receiving, fourth-degree promoting prostitution and permitting prostitution. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.
 
ATM RAHAM, 56, of 33-16 72st Street in Queens, is charged with promoting prostitution, first- and second-degree falsifying business records, second-degree commercial bribe receiving and permitting prostitution. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison. 

MASUM CHOWDHURY, 46, of 160-34 25th Avenue in Queens, is charged with first- and second-degree falsifying business records, second-degree commercial bribe receiving and permitting prostitution.  If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison.

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