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Manager of Jackson Heights Spa Orders Employee to Offer ‘Happy Endings,’ Faces 25 Years in Prison: DA

Nishu Salon and Spa at 37-43 76th St. (Google)

April 19, 2019 By Christian Murray

The manager of a Jackson Heights spa was indicted today for allegedly requiring a female worker to offer oral sex and ‘happy endings’ as part of the massage services she offered.

Vajira Jayatunge, 50, who ran Nishu Salon and Spa at 37-43 76th St., faces a 10-count indictment charging him with sex trafficking, third-degree promoting prostitution, forcible touching and third-degree sexual abuse.

“Using threats and intimidation, the defendant in this case is accused of coercing a female worker to perform various sex acts on clients seeking massages with ‘happy endings,’ said Chief Assistant District Attorney John M. Ryan. “The defendant allegedly profited from these added services by pocketing the money himself. “

The victim, 36, was hired by Nishu Salon and Spa in May 2018 after being referred by an employment agency.

When she underwent training, Jayatunge allegedly ordered her to remove her clothes and touched her breast, inner thigh and genitals during these how-to massages. She was later, according to the charges, induced into adding masturbation, oral sex and sexual intercourse to the massages she performed on clients.

When the woman protested, Jayatunge, a resident of South Richmond Hill, allegedly told her to continue and threatened to tell her family that she was a prostitute and that he would have her deported.

If convicted, Jayatunge faces up to 25 years in prison. Bail was set at $200,000 and he was ordered to surrender his passport and return to court on May 1.

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15 Comments

Anonymous

It’s crap like this that infuriates me. As a legitimate, LICENSED Massage THERAPIST, these underground massage parlors (not to be confused with legitimate massage clinics and LMTS in private practice) undermine my profession. As far as I’m concerned, we SHOULD decriminalize prostitution. At least that way, one profession (ostensibly the oldest one, they say) will no longer need to use MY profession to hide behind.

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Sticks

Landlords knows what is going on , again these type of tenants always pay without giving any problem, same as the brothels

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Duke of Heights

Something suspicious when these spa offer their “services” to men only , I see these elderly Asian women handing out flyers to guys only on Roosevelt.

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Random guy

Those massage parlor are all over Roosevelt and 37 avenue maybe half are legitimate businesses it’s starting to be like main street Flushing with all these Asian Spas poping up.

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VP of Jackson heights

Soak 9n 75th street had the same thing. They were closed down for a minute and the up and running again.

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Gross

These businesses should no longer be allowed to operate. Seriously, can all permits for these shady massage places be revoked, effective immediately? At the very least, moving forward, our community board or whoever votes to issue permits should do some soul searching before they say yes to “massage parlors”

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