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22 March, 2019

N.J. strip club shut down after undercover investigation leads to prostitution arrests
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Police officers raided and shutdown a strip club in Paterson last week after an undercover investigation led to prostitution charges against the manager and seven dancers, authorities said.

The city's vice unit also issued a slew of Alcoholic Beverage Control violations to El Cabaret gentleman's lounge on Cianci Street, according to Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale.

Police seized a total of $8,799 from the club, calling the money "illegal proceeds from prostitution," authorities said.

Last month, police received complaints "from concerned citizens regarding acts of prostitution" at the club, Speziale said.

"Dancers would openly solicit patrons for sexual acts in exchange for (money)," Speziale said in an email.

The city's vice unit, narcotics and patrol divisions raided the club about 11:30 p.m. on March 14. The manager, Horacio Piccinini, 54, of Paterson along with seven women who worked there.

Piccinini was charged with promoting prostitution and maintaining a nuisance. Police seized $8,091 from Piccinini, calling the money proceeds from prostitution.

Before the raid, undercover detectives went into the establishment and were solicited for sex several times, Speziale said.

The women, who are from Northern New Jersey and New York City, ranged in age from 24 to 62.

They were all charged with prostitution and police seized the money they had on them, which ranged from $95 to $240, Speziale said.

Police wrote 15 Alcoholic Beverage Control administrative tickets, including nine violations of the state's prostitution statute, illegal and lewd activity in an ABC-licensed establishment, not having a complete list of employees and operating as a public nuisance, Speziale said.

"The night of the raid, they shut the establishment down and hit them with numerous violations," Speziale said Friday. "Mayor Andre Sayegh has made it abundantly clear that we will take these matters to the ABC to ensure compliance."

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