Who says times change?
Hey, you seen Congressman Ford lately?
Cops' brotherly love
Allegedly helped pimps duck raids; got cash, freebies
BY TAMER EL-GHOBASHY, JOHN MARZULLI and BILL HUTCHINSON
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
House on 164th St. in Flushing, Queens, was 4 grand-a-day gold mine for pimps, officials said, accusing cops Jerry Svoronos and Dennis Kim of helping them operate.
Two cops were busted yesterday for allegedly protecting a Queens brothel from police raids in exchange for bribes and sex with prostitutes.
Officers Dennis Kim, 29, and Jerry Svoronos, 30, had been on the take for a year while assigned to a squad whose job was to crack down on street hookers, officials charged.
An angry Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who had hailed Kim and Svoronos in 2004 for their crimefighting service, said the pair "disgraced themselves."
A 10-month probe by the NYPD, the FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement showed Kim and Svoronos followed orders from the brothel's owners to work on getting competing cathouses shut down.
"The corruption of law enforcement officers threatens the fabric of society and will not be tolerated," said Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Roslynn Mauskopf.
She said Kim and Svoronos were in the pockets of pimps Gina Kim and Geeho Chae.
They said Chae and Gina Kim, no relation to Dennis Kim, made $4,000 a day running the brothel out of a three-story brick apartment house at 57-24 164th St. in Flushing. Many of the prostitutes had been smuggled into the U.S. from Asia, Mauskopf said.
Detectives seized $800,000 from the couple's luxury car and rounded up 16 Korean and Chinese women working at the sex den Wednesday.
The reputed rogue cops came to know the brothel through their work in the conditions unit of Flushing's 109th Precinct, enforcing quality-of-life violations.
Neighbors said mostly Asian men in Mercedeses, BMWs and sometimes limousines patronized the brothel.
Despite having the two cops on their side, the owners worried about being shut down. They installed a surveillance camera in a window air conditioner to monitor who was approaching the house, officials said.
In May 2005, Gina Kim arranged to meet an NYPD detective who had busted her before. The detective suspected a bribe was in the works and went to his superiors.
Posing as a corrupt cop, the detective recorded meetings with Gina Kim and Chae in which they slipped him a total of $126,500 to ward off the law, officials said.
Shit, I haven't heard of this kind of thing in a few years. But it amuses me to no end.
Should prostitution be legal? Sure.
But the problem here was that there may be a healthy dose of sex slavery here. And if that's the case, these cops are scumbags and should be under the jail.
posted by Steve @ 1:20:00 PM