Prosecutor: Jersey City massage parlor owner arrested on prostitution charges

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The owner of a Jersey City message parlor was arrested on prostitution charges earlier this week, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced. 

Elizabeth Golden. Photo courtesy of Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On Tuesday, October 2nd, members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office arrested
Elizabeth K. Golden for promoting and engaging in prostitution in a massage parlor identified as Gold Sakura Spa, Suarez said in a statement.

The massage parlor is located on the second floor of 588 Newark Ave., directly across the street from the Hudson County courthouse complex. It is currently closed due to violations and citations administered by Jersey City authorities.

Golden, 50, of Jersey City, was the only occupant of the facility at the time of her arrest. She has been charged with prostitution and promoting prostitution, officials said.

Following her arrest, Golden was processed and released. She is scheduled to make her first appearance on these charges in Central Judicial Processing Court on October 23rd. The CJP Court is located on the ground floor of the Hudson County Administration Building at 595 Newark Ave.

During the course of an undercover operation, an officer negotiated with Golden to exchange money for a sexual act. Once the negotiation was complete, Golden was taken into custody and charged with engaging in prostitution, police said.

A search of the location, pursuant to a court-authorized warrant, revealed numerous items
indicative of prostitution. Items recovered included client ledgers, internet website postings and financial records, authorities said.

Officers also recovered approximately $1,200 in cash during the search. The Jersey City Police Department – Alcoholic Beverage Control also responded during the investigation and issued violations for opened containers of alcohol being present in the business, officials said.

The Jersey City Health Department also responded and issued multiple health code violations.

It was also determined during the course of the investigation that Golden is the owner of the spa and that she utilized the location as both her place of business and her residence.

No additional employees were identified at the time of her arrest.

Suarez credited members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Public Integrity – Special Investigations Unit and the Narcotics Task Force with the investigation and arrest with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department – Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services.