They’re called “Chica Chica” cards – and they’re flooding Corona and Jackson Heights, Queens.(Note: they are also in Sunnyside/Woodside)
They look like baseball cards. But instead of featuring A-Rod or Derek Jeter, they have graphic pictures of naked or half-naked women – with a phone number offering free delivery.
They’re really the business cards of prostitutes and pimps who operate along a stretch of Roosevelt Ave. in Queens – and a move is afoot to make them illegal.
Queens Democratic Sen. Jose Peralta wants to make it a crime to distribute the raunchy cards. He and his Assembly counterpart Francisco Moyo have introduced a bill making distribution of the cards a misdemeanor, categorizing them as obscene material.
“Is this going to eliminate prostitution? It’s not,” Peralta said. “It’s the first step toward improving the quality of life on Roosevelt Ave.”
The lawmakers say that on a nighttime walk down Roosevelt Ave., there will be men uttering the words, “chicas, chicas,” which means “girls, girls” – and they’ll thrust forward one of the cards.
Residents are fed up.
“It’s infuriating,” said Nuala O’Doherty, a 42-year-old mother of three who lives near Roosevelt Ave. “They’re all over the streets in the morning. You can’t get rid of them.”
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