Prostitution Bust in String of Parsippany Hotels

Eight women were arrested on solicitation charges at three township hotels and another establishment in Hanover Township.

A line of Route 46 hotels and one on Route 10 in Hanover Township were the targets of a Parsippany Police-led prostitution sting that led to multiple arrests within the past two weeks.

The hotels involved in the investigation were the Howard Johnson Express Hotel, Days Inn and Red Roof Inn, all on Route 46, and the Route 10 Econolodge.

According to a PPD statement, a joint investigation was initiated by Parsippany police and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office after officers received emailed complaints involving prostitution occurring in area hotels.

Police said the probe led to several arrests:

  • Melanie Tomasino, 20, of South River and 21-year-old Rahway resident Heather Keen were both arrested at the Parsippany Days Inn on Feb. 15. Both women were charged with solicitation of prostitution and were released pending a court appearance. 
  • On Feb. 21, 29-year-old Sharease Gary of Philadelphia, Pa., Zhai Wen Yan, 40, of Flushing, N.Y., and 44-year-old Zhen Yu Gong, also of Flushing, were all arrested at the Howard Johnson Express Hotel in Parsippany. All three women were charged with solicitation of prostitution and released pending an appearance in court.
  • Si Wen Zhang, 31, of Flushing, was arrested Feb. 22 at the Days Inn. On that same day, 24-year-old Alicia Dorsey of Phoenix, Ariz., was nabbed at the Parsippany Red Roof Inn and 31-year-old Boston resident Lyndsay Grey was arrested at the Hanover Township Econolodge.

All eight women were charged with solicitation of prostitution and released pending court appearances, police said.

The arrests were the result of a joint effort of the Parsippany police and the prosecutor's office, along with the police departments of Hanover Township and Denville. 

Natalie Davis March 06, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Devil's advocate, Tom: Who decides what's "gravely immoral behavior"? Right now, in this place, it is illegal and the law must be obeyed or else. But if prostitution were legal, as it is in some places (which takes away the need for crime and robbery), and someone has different values than you, what's the problem? Many find war immoral and yet the nation is pretty much always at war. Mileage varies. What's immoral for you may be perfectly OK to someone else. It's not my cup of chair to be sure, but many others have a decidedly different opinion.
Natalie Davis March 06, 2013 at 11:28 AM
Oy. Cup of CHAI. Sorry, awake since Sunday.
Robyn M. March 06, 2013 at 01:06 PM
I don't think it's for any government to define moral behavior. In fact, many politicians exhibit the most immoral behavior, since poor decisions on their part often impact vastly more people than two adults in a hotel room. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Publicizing the names of young women caught in a prostitution bust is unsafe for them. One would assume they do not operate under their real names, which provides a slight measure of protection for them personally. This sets them up for potential stalkers.
Heather Marie Keen March 06, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Ok im sorry about that. Thank you for the support everyone and thank you to the police for making me realize how stupid i was being to think i had no other way.
Natalie Davis March 06, 2013 at 10:50 PM
You have a super attitude, Heather, thanks, and good for you!


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