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April 25, 2014 | Marc Lifsher
State lawmakers have come up with a way to help California cities deal with a proliferation of massage parlors with suspected links to prostitution and human trafficking. New legislation is aimed at fixing an inadvertent loophole created by a 2008 law that created a state-sponsored council to oversee the regulation of legitimate massage therapy businesses, such as spas and clinics. The loophole led to an explosion of massage parlors in many cities. For example, their number grew by nearly 500% to 75 in the city of Huntington Beach between 2009 and 2013.
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April 25, 2014 | Marc Lifsher
State lawmakers have come up with a way to help California cities deal with a proliferation of massage parlors with suspected links to prostitution and human trafficking. New legislation is aimed at fixing an inadvertent loophole created by a 2008 law that created a state-sponsored council to oversee the regulation of legitimate massage therapy businesses, such as spas and clinics. The loophole led to an explosion of massage parlors in many cities. For example, their number grew by nearly 500% to 75 in the city of Huntington Beach between 2009 and 2013.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2011 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
First it was pot shops. Now it's erotic massage parlors. In the last two years, they've proliferated in the city ? just as dispensaries did, and for a familiar reason. In both cases, Los Angeles failed to quickly assess and act upon the ramifications of a new state law. Police say they've seen numerous illicit massage parlors open in Hollywood, Koreatown and the San Fernando Valley. But the biggest explosion has been in Eagle Rock, which is a community that was also inundated with medical marijuana dispensaries.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Cities, counties and law enforcement officials across California are bristling at a 6-year-old law that they contend prevents regulation of massage parlors they suspect offer more than therapeutic bodywork. A profusion of massage parlors, often near schools and neighborhoods, creates blight, they complained at a legislative hearing. Local government officials told lawmakers last week that they're frustrated by a 2008 law that sought to regulate illicit massage parlors and support legitimate spas and other businesses.
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February 20, 2012 | By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
Two massage parlors may lose their licenses after employees were arrested on suspicion of prostitution in recent weeks. The South Pasadena City Council, which in recent years has wrestled with concerns about a proliferation of massage parlors, scheduled hearings regarding the businesses for March 7. South Pasadena police arrested Massage Villa owner Ling Ling Kuo, 44, of Alhambra on Feb. 10 on suspicion of operating a disorderly house....
BUSINESS
March 16, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Cities, counties and law enforcement officials across California are bristling at a 6-year-old law that they contend prevents regulation of massage parlors they suspect offer more than therapeutic bodywork. A profusion of massage parlors, often near schools and neighborhoods, creates blight, they complained at a legislative hearing. Local government officials told lawmakers last week that they're frustrated by a 2008 law that sought to regulate illicit massage parlors and support legitimate spas and other businesses.
OPINION
March 24, 2011
Can't Los Angeles do anything right? First it was billboards, legal and illegal, conventional and digital, that proliferated across the city as seemingly powerless officials fretted about what to do. For a while, every official action seemed to make matters worse. Then it was marijuana dispensaries that were suddenly everywhere, encouraged by inaction from City Hall. Belated attempts to regulate and police them were struck down in court. Dispensaries opened, closed and opened again. Now it is, allegedly, prostitution, as self-described massage parlors have rapidly opened their doors within city limits, particularly in Eagle Rock and other northeastern neighborhoods of Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1992 | JULIE TAMAKI
The owner of a Sherman Oaks massage parlor has been charged with violating a city zoning ordinance for operating her business in a residential area, the city attorney's office said Tuesday. Joan P. Santagata of Agoura was charged Monday for operating the Flamingo Massage & Sauna at 4622 Van Nuys Blvd., within 500 feet of a residential area, Deputy City Atty. Henry Burr said. Santagata is scheduled to be arraigned in Los Angeles Municipal Court on July 30, he said.
NEWS
June 16, 1988
The Bell Gardens City Council has signed an agreement with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services for the county to inspect massage parlors and check applicants for massage licenses. Under the agreement, the county will inspect the two massage parlors now in business in the city and evaluate permits for future operations. Also, county officials will conduct examinations of applicants for massage parlor technician licenses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1996 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
Hoping to diminish the risk of prostitution in the city, the City Council on Monday adopted tougher regulations for massage parlors. The council action is the latest move spanning years of dispute pitting massage parlor owners and employees against some residents and city officials over how to regulate those businesses. Owners of more than half a dozen massage parlors have filed suits against the city this year, alleging its ordinance attempts to shut them down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A Los Angeles police detective has been charged with sexually assaulting three women working at massage parlors. The businesses fell under his jurisdiction of enforcing permits, prosecutors said Friday. Oris Pace, 48, was arrested Thursday after the Los Angeles County district attorney's office charged him with five felony counts of assault by a public officer and six counts of sexual battery by restraint. He was released on bond pending a Jan. 24 hearing. If convicted of the 11 felonies he could face nine years in prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A series of sexual assaults and robberies at massage parlors that were initially believed to be the work of one serial rapist now appear to be the acts of two men operating separately, Riverside police said Thursday. One of the men believed to be responsible for at least 30 "extremely violent" attacks  across the Southland -- Maurice Jennings, 34 -- was arrested after images from a surveillance video were released by authorities to the public. He was arrested Sept. 27, according to Riverside County jail records.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2013 | By Rick Rojas and Richard Winton
A series of sexual assaults and robberies at massage parlors that investigators initially believed were the work of a serial rapist now appear to be the acts of two men, operating separately, authorities said. In a news conference Thursday, Riverside police said that one of the men believed to be connected to the string of violent attacks had been arrested and arraigned in the 2008 sexual assault and robbery of three women in Riverside County and 2009 robberies of two women in Corona.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2013
Join us at 9 a.m. when we talk with Times reporter Richard Winton about a serial rapist who has been targeting Southern California massage-parlor workers for years. The man is suspected in at least 30 “extremely violent” attacks that date a decade across Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. He appears to target immigrant workers and threatens to kill some victims if they report the attacks to police, officials said. Investigators began linking the cases last year, after DNA taken from a 2009 attack in Riverside matched samples from scenes in Gardena, the city of Industry, the Chino Hills area and Fontana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Authorities believe a serial rapist has attacked at least 30 women in massage parlors across Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, according to Riverside police. The attacks began at least four years ago and stretch from East San Gabriel Valley to Riverside. DNA evidence gathered at the crime scenes was recently matched, allowing police to make an attack-to-attack link in some of the cases to the same perpetrator, law enforcement sources said. The serial attacker is known to have displayed a handgun before forcing the women into sex acts and robbing them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Three women were arrested for allegedly taking part in a prostitution service that operated at a Chino massage parlor, authorities said Thursday. Officers served a search warrant at Nana's Massage Therapy in the 5400 block of Philadelphia Street and seized evidence associated with prostitution and pimping, according to authorities. Mie Ja Sim, 61, who lives in Hawaiian Gardens, was arrested for allegedly aiding in prostitution, the Chino Police Department said. Xochitl Garduno, 25, a Moreno Valley resident, was arrested on suspicion of engaging in prostitution, police said.
NEWS
May 19, 1988
The City Council, in a move to stem prostitution in Cudahy, has extended its ban on the issuance of new licenses for massage and Oriental acupressure parlors. At Tuesday's meeting, council members unanimously extended the moratorium originally passed last month in anticipation of a proposed change in the city's zoning ordinance that would make massage parlors illegal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Massage parlor operators will have to undergo tightened regulations before opening up shops. The City Council on Monday unanimously approved a revision in the municipal code that strengthens laws governing masseuses, massage parlors and massage schools. "Our current ordinance does not deal with some of the issues our police have to deal with today," said Police Chief Richard M. Tefank.
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