New York City- A sex worker jumped to her death from the third-story window in Queens rather than be arrested by cops during a sting operation, police said Sunday.
The 38-year-old sex worker made a deal to perform a sex act with an undercover cop while they were inside 135-32 40th Road in Flushing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, according to officials.
When the officer called for backup, and the frightened woman leaped out the window, landing on the sidewalk below, police said.
She was taken to Booth Memorial Hospital, where she later died, officials said.
Cops have not released the woman’s name, but neighbors said she went by the name “C.C.” and worked inside a massage parlor there.
An unamed woman working at a nearby jewelry store said the victim had just gotten out of jail four months ago, but wanted to leave the industry. C.C. also confided to fellow massage-parlor workers that she would kill herself before being arrested again.
“It’s really horrible. I Saw the paddy wagon this morning and I knew,” said Rob, 42, who lives nearby and said he sometimes spoke with CC about her search for a new job.
The death comes as lawmakers grapple with the seedy massage parlor industry.
Queens Councilman Jose Peralta introduced a bill in October that would require massage parlor owners register with the Department of State and apply for special four-year licenses or face fines and potential jail time.
This is not the first time that a sex worker leaped and jumped out of a window to evade arrest.
According to a report on a Nigerian website called Pulse.ng, in May a Nigerian woman who went by the name Sophia, who worked as a commercial sex worker in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, jumped from her balcony to avoid getting caught by the authorities.