The Washington Post reports that a Chinatown gambling den operator was convicted in federal court this week. This was no DC Superior Court crime as federal statutes were violated due to the operation of gambling machines and money laundering behind closed doors on 6th Street NW and also on H Street NW.
This reminds us of after we moved downtown and learned about the “girls next door” in Chinatown. The neighborhood was a bit more sketchy and a bit more film noir then (the mid-aughts (2000s)). A brothel is difficult to hide, however, and the ladies at 6th and G Streets NW were ultimately kicked out.
The neighborhood has changed substantially for the better since then and we want to say thanks to the residents, businesses, and law enforcement that responded over the years to make that happen. Is this the last vestige of vice in Chinatown/Penn Quarter? We don’t know for sure but we hope so.