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. 

Patty Taylor February 26, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Prostitution bust today, major drug bust yesterday - boy, this town is really going down the toilet - fast!!!
Vic February 26, 2013 at 10:08 PM
It is about time, although timing of these stories/press releases suspect. This department has been dormant for four years and we got two good crime stories out. It must be election time for the mayor who is so hard trying to hold his job. You can't make this stuff up kids.
Kathy Morgan February 26, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Wow, the press release pressure is on the Police Department from the Mayor's office after four years of dormancy and sleeping at the wheel. The Mayor is really pulling out all stops to woo the general public who has been wondering where the heck he and his back up singers have been as the quality of life in Par-Troy sank to new lows.
Frank L February 27, 2013 at 12:33 AM
No Kathy, the mayor and his gang just stumbled upon the prostitutes trying to court some new votes from a new constituency to pull him through the election.
Vic February 27, 2013 at 02:53 AM
LOL Phil, the mayor racked up a couple more liaison candidates.
VietNam Vet March 03, 2013 at 06:25 AM
Does this town really think these women are going to come back from NY and Arizona and Philly, come on they could care less about this. They laft the state and I'd be surprised if they came back for these charges.
Kenneth Kaplan March 03, 2013 at 06:00 PM
"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." To me this represents a complete waste of manpower and tax dollars. All those police agencies and all those man hours devoted to prosecuting victimless "crimes!" PLease devote those resourses to actual crimes against people and property: burglaries, assaults, robberies, etc. People should have the right to do what they want with their own bodies.
Tom Keyes March 03, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Parsippany is, and has been, in a tough position. It has Routes 80, 280, 287, 46, 10, and 202 running through it. Quick and easy on/off access for the scumbags from NYC, Paterson and Newark. Parsippany is a great town, with great people. But easy high speed avenues of approach in and out of some of the biggest pustulent, festering sewers in the country
Tom Keyes March 03, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Prostitution is not a victimless crime. The ancillary activity surrounding prostitution is horrific, just look at the state of Rhode Island. Trafficking of women and young girls is rampant, drug abuse and robbery are often associated with prostitution, pimping, assaults, etc. Not to mention to moral degradation of both the prostitute and the "john". I would not be one to be in support of defining prostitution as "doing what you want with your own body" becuase in many instances that is not the case. And I most certainly do not want my state or city legalizing such gravely immoral behavior.
Parsippany Taxpayer March 04, 2013 at 12:08 AM
With all of the rezoning our wonderful mayor and planning board are approving we won't have to worry about all those major roadways into Parsippany as we are opening the door to quite a few undesirable developments thanks to money changing behind the scenes. But of course this is just business as usual for Parsippany and the mayor. I so hope this incompetent mayor is voted out come election time -- I don't care who replaces him it can't be any worst than this mayor and his stooges.
Selene March 04, 2013 at 05:35 AM
Amen Ken........they really busted the prostitutes??? The irony is so laughable considering the perks the Parsippany PD gets from most local hotels so they can entertain their girlfriends in comped rooms......hahahhaahha hyprocrites!!!!!
Par4theCourse March 06, 2013 at 07:38 AM
Heather, the character of a person is measured not by what we've done, but how we pull ourselves up from it. You are well on your way. Best wishes.
Natalie Davis (Editor) March 06, 2013 at 11:21 AM
I hate to have to do this, but because of the profanity, Heather's posts must be deleted. Heather, please feel free to re-post, but refrain from using language that violates Terms of Service. Thanks.
Natalie Davis (Editor) March 06, 2013 at 11:22 AM
Um, you too, Selene. Even with the use of dollar signs, children would know what you are saying.
Natalie Davis (Editor) 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 (Editor) 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 (Editor) March 06, 2013 at 10:50 PM
You have a super attitude, Heather, thanks, and good for you!


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