Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Alleged Brothel Raided

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Alleged Brothel Raided

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PARAMUS -- The cars, driven by men of varying ages, would come mostly in the evening. Some would circle the neighborhood. Others would pull into the wrong driveway as they searched for 12 North Farview Ave.

The behavior was strange enough in this residential neighborhood in the heart of the borough to spur residents to contact police.

That vigilance was credited by police on Thursday for helping bring down a suspected brothel that authorities say could have been operating for two months.

"That's the way the system is supposed to work," Deputy Chief Robert Guidetti said. "If you see something suspicious, don't be embarrassed. Call the police."

As a result of the proactive residents, police began surveillance at the small, pale blue house on Aug. 8. They saw numerous cars parked in front of the house with men ages 20 to 50 going in and out, Guidetti said.

On Wednesday evening, Paramus police and members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office posed as johns, entered the home and were offered sexual acts at a rate of $160 an hour, Guidetti said.

Mei Zhi Zheng, 37, of Nanuet, N.Y., has been charged with promoting prostitution and hindering apprehension. Feng Qun Liu, 26, of Paramus was charged with prostitution, a disorderly persons offense. Zhi Zheng was sent to the Bergen County Jail on $25,000 bail with the option to pay 10 percent. Qun Liu was released. Both were arrested without incident, Guidetti said.

Authorities believe the brothel had been open about two months, and they have no way to tell how many clients there were, although they did find advertisements for the service on social media, with one saying "hot Asian waiting for you. Grand opening," Guidetti said.

Michelle Martinez, 25, lives next door with her family. She said she did not know Zhi Zheng or Qun Liu - none of the neighbors interviewed Thursday said they did - but noticed that they moved in about two months ago. …

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