Ten Arrests Netted in HB Massage Parlor Sweep

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The Huntington Beach Police Department Facebook page is reporting that officers arrested 10 people on March 7 for solicitation of prostitution at local massage parlors. The department, which recently joined forces with the federally-funded Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force, carried out the arrests as part of a multi-agency sweep that conducted several enforcement inspections of surf city massage parlors.

"The inspections stemmed from a series of citizen complaints regarding alleged prostitution and the recent proliferation of massage parlors in the city," the Facebook page states.

This revelation comes a week after the city council voted in favor of an amendment that would crack down on illicit providers of massage "therapy." Calls to a department spokesperson weren't returned.

During last Tuesday's meeting, Chief Kenneth Small told the council that in the wake of new  regulations  which led to the formation of the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), massage parlors have proliferated in the city (from nine in 2009 to more than 60 today). 

"Overwhelmingly," he added, these new businesses are of the "illicit" variety, and teeming with trafficked employees working under the coercion of pimps and panderers. 

"Based on our investigations in Huntington Beach, Orange County and Southern California, the women involved in most of these massage parlors are trafficked in," Small told the council.

But yesterday's Facebook post didn't mention the arrest of any traffickers.

"Often times these employees are victims of human trafficking; however, for a variety of reasons it is often difficult to prove the elements required to make further arrests," the Facebook page read.

According to Linh Tran an administrator with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF), in October of 2012 the Huntington Beach Police Department became the group's second lead agency (along with Anaheim). The task force is a multi-group collaboration between law enforcement and social service providers, which receives grant money from the United States Department of Justice.

If the city approves an amendment to its massage parlor ordinance, it would prohibit, among other things, licensed massage therapists from providing services in their own home and would require new businesses to seek approval from the city before opening. 

Ahmos Netanel CEO of the (CAMTC), told the Weekly the new ordinance seemed to be unfairly targeting licensed massage therapists. 

"State law specifies that cities can impose any sort of law they wish on massage professionals as long as they uniformly applying the same requirements on other licensed professionals," Netanel said.

The council is expected to conduct a second reading of the proposed amendment before taking a final vote.


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millenjethro
millenjethro

More Happy Ending places to be found on rubmaps.com

RonaldMexico
RonaldMexico

Man I feel so much safer now, those officers should be proud of themselves and their department should be proud of themselves for tackling the big crimes in the city and making us safer. What a brave department and brave officers, what they signed up for in the academy and their oath focuses on yeah for sure.

madebutante
madebutante

Legalize it. Then there won't be any confusion between massage and sex for sale, and hookers can form a union and be safe from pimps.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Citzen complaints=busybodies who need to get a life and mind their own business. Sex is a legitimate form of massage California Massage Therapy Council! 

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

That's gonna hurt OCWeakly's bottom...line.

WildFlowers
WildFlowers

@vegandawg23  Seriously? Busybodies? You are truly an Idiot. If they're bothering the citizens of Huntington Beach or creating a problem, then they have every right to complain.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@WildFlowers @vegandawg23 Says the busybody. How would consenting adults having fun in a private massage room be bothering anyone? Oh noes someone's having fun fornicating with a girl and paying her for it instead of being married to some shrew like yourself. Can't have that. 

puplover458
puplover458

 @vegandawg23 Educate yourself on human trafficking going on in this country. It's rampant in California. Most of those women you "have sex with" are being held at their will, some being forced to live in the parlors, especially up North in Sacramento near big interstates. Maybe being a busy body can help save some of these women. Wait? You'd rather rape a girl than marry a shrew? So I assume you do not have daughters, nor any women you care about and would not want them to be raped on a daily basis? I bet you are some old, sweaty, balding, fat pig that would make any woman shudder.

puplover458
puplover458

 @vegandawg23 Sex with a trafficked woman is not consensual. Looks like all the posters here have to pay for sex forced on by pimps, instead of getting some in the real world. Waste of humans. Where's the bullet? 

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