Monday, March 2, 2009

CA: City Considers Ban to Stop New Massage Parlors

VENTURA, CALIFORNIA — Ventura's city attorney has proposed an emergency moratorium to prevent new massage businesses that might also be offering sex.

The temporary ban on massage therapists who haven't attended accredited schools, would buy the city time to comply with new statewide rules and work with legitimate therapists to weed out parlors offering sex. The city council will consider the ban on Monday.

City Attorney Ariel Calonne says the city has seen more than a dozen new massage establishments and a nearly 30 percent jump in applications for massage technician licenses in the past two years.

Calonne says greater enforcement of prostitution and human trafficking laws in Los Angeles County might have driven people to Ventura County, where enforcement has not kept pace.


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