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Peapack Resident Snared in Raid of Middlesex County Massage Parlors

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NEW BRUNSWICK NJ - When the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office raided six Middlesex County massage parlors on November 19 and 20, they arrested 19 suspects. One of those suspects, Mei Ling Jin, is a resident of Peapack, according to information provided by the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.

The investigation of the massage parlors began in March 2015 by the South Plainfield Police Department.  The investigation was expanded after it was determined that the massage parlors were funneling their profits through a variety of expenses.  The prosecutor has alleged that one operator laundered more than $150,000 in illegal cash.

Also assisting in the investigation are members of the New Jersey Department of the Treasure and the federal Homleand Security Investigation Human Trafficking Unit and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement office in Newark.

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As a result of the investigation, authorities raided and closed six massage parlors.  Four of the parlors were located in South Plainfield, one in North Brunswick and one in Edison.  The authorities charged 19 suspects with various offenses ranging from second degree money laundering to engaging in prostitution, a disorderly persons offense.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor reports that Mei Ling Jin, aged 49, of Peapack, was charged with engaging in prostitution, a disorderly persons offense.  The charge against Ms. Lin is merely an accusation.  She is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  The State bears the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt of the charge.  Ms. Jin's charge is pending arraignment in municipal court.  The investigation is active and ongoing.

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