Twenty Arrested for Mob’s Illegal Immigrant Stripper Recruitment

Exotic dancers "Malena" and "Kaya" dance under red lights at the Lusty Lady strip club after the official re-opening June 26, 2003 in San Francisco. The dancers and support staff of the Lusty Lady made history by saving the famous strip club from going out of business by becoming the first employee-owned, fully unionized strip club in the nation.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Not the strippers in question. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Manhattan U.S. attorney Preet Bharara announced the arrest of twenty people today for luring Russian and Eastern European women to work illegally as strippers at Cheetah’s Gentlemen’s Club in Times Square and Rouge Gentlemen’s Club in Queens. The scam, which is allegedly linked to the Gambino and Bonanno crime families, “ran the gamut of criminal activity — from racketeering and extortion to immigration and marriage fraud,” Bharara said, and included bogus promises of waitressing jobs. Since visa rules don’t allow work in the adult entertainment industry, body sushi is a no-no.

Twenty Arrested for Illegal Stripper Recruitment