SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — In response to increased arrests for prostitution at massage parlors and a surge of applications for massage-related business licenses, the City Council on Tuesday imposed tougher regulations and a moratorium on new parlors.
The new ordinance will require all masseurs and masseuses applying for a business license to have five years of experience in the profession. It also will intensify background checks on prospective masseurs.
At the same time, the moratorium, which could last up to two years, would give the city time to come up with a new zoning ordinance regulating the location of massage businesses.
Although authorities say most of the massage operations in town are legal, the 16 prostitution cases investigated during the past 1 1/2 years have city officials concerned.