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City Supports Legislation to Regulate Massage Parlors

The legislation, Assembly Bill 1147, would allow local governments to pass laws that require a massage establishment to obtain a license or permit as part of an effort to prevent prostitution and human trafficking.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to back state legislation that would give local jurisdictions more ability to regulate of massage parlors in hopes of cracking down on prostitution.

The legislation, Assembly Bill 1147, would allow local governments to pass laws that require a massage establishment to obtain a license or permit as part of an effort to prevent prostitution and human trafficking.

Councilman Bernard Parks, who authored the resolution that supports AB 1147, said a state law enacted in 2008 limited the city's ability to regulate massage businesses through its zoning codes, but the new legislation would close the loophole.

"If you take zoning laws away from a local jurisdiction, you tie their hands and they can't serve the public," Parks told Video News West during the council meeting.

He said many massage parlors are legal and have nothing to fear, but others can become fronts for prostitution.

"We've seen that kind of eyesore destroy communities," Parks said.

The council approved the resolution on an 11-0 vote, with council members Joe Buscaino, Mitch Englander, Jose Huizar and Nury Martinez absent.

—City News Service

scottbedno June 11, 2014 at 01:19 PM
I didn't realize that "eyesores destroy communities," I thought it was lack of jobs, no living wage, unaffordable health care...thanks for clearing that up, Bernie!
tony June 11, 2014 at 06:18 PM
Eyesore?? Nothing is wrong with being able to go int a "Massage Parlor" for a little tension release after long days with wife, kids, and work and being able to get a little hummer (blowjob) or nooky. Besides it helps keep people employed and allows them to come home with a smile on their face having made a good days wage. Keep them open and out of the politicians hands. Besides I would be willing to bet that many politicians have visited these establishments. Goooo Massage Parlors! Keep up the good work. People need them.
D. Jude June 12, 2014 at 04:16 AM
The real reason Joe Buscaino, Mitch Englander, & Jose Huizar were absent from the vote is that they have all patronized these establishments in the past ther fore supporting a vote on regulating massage parlours will expose them to the public by the prostitutes they had frequented in the past (Blackmail) .........especially Councilman Huizar..who is the biggest Whore/Womanizer of them all.~~!! By the way..isn't Councilman Huizar presently going to trial for having sex with his former head deputy??

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