City of Las
Vegas finally cracks
down on neighborhood brothels
Clark County District
Attorney refuses to cooperate
AmericanMafia.com photo by Steve Miller
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
May 31, 2010
LAS VEGAS - It's been two and a half years
since Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman told reporters, "I'll
take a baseball bat and break his head if he ever comes here."
The mayor was referring to New York
Times columnist Bob Herbert who dared to place a telephone call to
Goodman describing his visit to Oriental Angels massage parlor located
only one block from my home.
Maybe Mr. Herbert should have left out
the part about Steve Miller taking him there, and that Dr. Melissa Farley,
the author of Prostitution
and Trafficking in Nevada: Making the Connections, accompanied us.
Herbert reportedly told Goodman about how
he entered the massage brothel tucked away behind McDonalds in an innocuous
neighborhood shopping center to ascertain whether the "Therapists" working
there possessed licenses issued by the Nevada
Board of Massage Therapy?
Before our visit, I'd arranged for Herbert
and Dr. Farley to interview a licensed massage therapist who for several
years has managed a spa located in a major Strip hotel. He described having
to go to an accredited school for
over seven months and paying tuition of over $10,000 to obtain his Nevada
state license. He also told of the harsh penalties he would suffer if he
hired therapists who did not possess current state licenses.
The therapist was astonished when we told
him that most employees of neighborhood massage parlors are unlicensed,
and that state authorities have so far taken no action.
Dr. Farley, Herbert, and I drove around
the corner to Oriental Angels. While Farley and I watched from the curb,
small children frolicked in the play area of McDonalds a few steps away
from the massage parlor, Herbert rang the doorbell and was quickly
admitted to the lobby. According to Herbert, he began looking for the licenses
which are required to be prominently displayed. When he saw none, he inquired
where they were?
An Asian women immediately pushed Herbert
out the door while screaming at us in Chinese. That was enough to inspire
Herbert to call the mayor and ask what is going on in our town? The rest
Herbert penned the New York Times
September 4, 2007 column "City
as Predator" based partly on his experience at Oriental Angels, and
his response from our city's mayor.
Since his election in 1999, Oscar Goodman
has allowed massage parlors, pay day loan stores, and escort services to
obtain privileged business licenses within the city limits. Most of these
enterprises are known for being fronts for organized crime.
Most are located on Paradise Road, or Sahara
Ave. within the council wards of Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian, and Mayor
Pro Tem Gary Reese.
The criminals who ply these illicit trades
are not the type normally written of on these pages. None have Italian
surnames. Most of the new breed that have infested Sin City are from Asia,
Mexico, and Eastern Europe. They mainly prey on our tourists, and use taxi
and limo drivers as their ambassadors by reportedly paying
drivers up to $150.00 per passenger delivered.
The hotels and casinos rarely complain
because the sexually orientated type businesses perform a public service
of sorts -- keeping tourists away from the legal brothels located an hour
and a half away in Nye County.
This way, a quick "Happy Ending" at a nearby
massage parlor, or a quick room visit by an escort can satisfy a gambler's
lust and have him back in the casino within an hour. The massage parlors
are all located within a five minute cab ride of most Strip hotels, and
the escorts provide room service right under the noses of hotel security
This is an old story, so old that I'm embarrassed
to say that an AmericanMafia.com column I authored back in 2006 was the
impetuous to bring Dr. Farley and Bob Herbert to Las Vegas to investigate.
The column entitled "Las
Vegas is the end of the road in the sex slave trade" was one of my
most widely read works.
My April 12, 2010 column "Secret
Neighborhood Brothels" inspired a call from Las Vegas Councilwoman
Tarkanian. She told me that the owner of Oriental Angels has hired "expensive
attorneys;" and that the city attorney was prosecuting; that a "Show Cause"
hearing was in the works.
(It will be interesting to know if those
expensive attorneys have connections to Oscar Goodman who prior to being
elected mayor was a prominent criminal defense attorney with several wealthy
clients in the adult entertainment industry.)
I asked why the city attorney was prosecuting
instead of the county district attorney? (The city attorney is limited
to misdemeanor cases. The DA mainly prosecutes felonies.) Councilwoman
Tarkanian responded that the DA declined to take the case after Metro Police
issued five Requests for Prosecution. This did not surprise me because
Clark County DA David
Roger has long been known for taking political campaign contributions from
the adult industry.
David Roger's latest refusal to prosecute
prostitution related crimes strengthens my long held suspicion that he
takes bribes from certain adult business owners. Many more such brothels
are located in China Town in unincorporated Clark County within the direct
purview of Roger. After numerous raids there, to Metro Police dismay, Roger
also has taken no action.
I asked the councilwoman to remind her
colleague Mayor Pro Tem Reese that many more such businesses are located
within his ward several miles east. That he need not look further than
the corner of Sahara and Paradise Road to see what I mean. There he will
find a half dozen more massage parlors that are infamous for selling "Happy
Endings," and are coveted by local cabbies for their kick backs.
Below is the first documentation indicating
that the City of Las Vegas, specifically Councilwoman Tarkanian, has had
enough. The saddest part is that the women mentioned are probably in our
town against their will according to Dr. Farley, and possibly were held
captive in the back of the massage parlor, or in a residential house nearby
(more on this later).
How would you like to have this happening
just around the corner from the home you've lived in for thirty years,
and where you raised your children?
Since writing my column "Secret
Neighborhood Brothels," I've had the opportunity to re-visit my neighbor
who purchased the house that is the subject of that article. He confirmed
that the seller was a woman by the name of Jinli Ran, the proprietor of
Oriental Angels, and possibly the woman who threw Bob Herbert out.
The house is located less than a block
from the brothel. Subsequent interviews with neighbors described a "marshal
arts teacher" living there with a number of young Asian girls until the
house was sold. Upon further inspection of the house during its remodeling,
I observed specks of what appeared to be blood splattered on the walls
of several rooms. In the garage were a number of pieces of workout equipment,
leather fighter's gloves, and a leather punching bag that someone discarded.
Because several interior doors had been
broken down, I now believe that whomever occupied those rooms barred the
doors at some time during their stay in my neighborhood, and possibly the
"marshal arts teacher" forced entry and rendered beatings to whomever had
locked him out.
Several cab drivers also told me that Oriental
Angels offered something they called "The full girlfriend experience."
According to my sources, those who requested more than masturbation were
escorted to the house just around the corner where additional girls were
Evidently, if a "Happy Ending" would not
suffice, there were other services available. (How would you like to live
next door to that?)
I have no eyewitness accounts of the brutality
that obviously took place in that house, but based on a Metro Police Swat
Team raid that resulted in the the front door being bashed in, there are
ample grounds for speculation that the bedrooms were used as torture chambers.
God help those young women from across
the sea who according to Dr. Farley may have been smuggled into Vegas with
the promise of becoming a model or movie star!
Being illegal aliens and not being able
to speak English, the girls were probably held captive and deprived of
contact with their families, often being told that harm will come to their
relatives back home if they try to escape or call out for help.
I congratulate Councilwoman Tarkanian (left)
for taking action, and certainly hope Mayor Pro Tem Reese (right) follows
Oriental Angels is only one of many such
businesses in the "New Las Vegas." However, based on the bizarre baseball
bat threat made by Mayor Oscar Goodman, and the complete refusal of Clark
County District Attorney David Roger to prosecute these felonies, I have
little faith that other such human slave trade cancers will end anytime