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The search in the park started a week later. Will prices ever stop rising? San Diego is considering a crackdown on massage businesses to help fight prostitution and human trafficking, the third most lucrative illegal industry in the city after drugs and gun sales. The regulations, which the full council is expected to approve later this fall, are based on recently approved rules in San Francisco and other cities across the state and the nation.
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They also complained that some of the regulations, such as a mandate to post s within the businesses about human trafficking, would create a negative atmosphere that could turn legitimate customers off. City officials said an aggressive crackdown is necessary based on the size of the human trafficking and prostitution problem. During 87 undercover operations police conducted at massage businesses indetectives were solicited for prostitution 50 times. During the first nine months ofdetectives have been solicited 23 times during 46 undercover operations.
To discourage them from quitting, the owners of the massages businesses or others involved in the operation sometimes threaten the therapists with arrest, deportation or shaming their families by revealing they have had sex for money. Local groups fighting human trafficking have estimated that about of the roughly massage businesses in San Diego are engaged in prostitution, human trafficking or related illegal conduct.
An underground website that rates massage businesses based on the sexual acts available at them includes reviews of more than therapists in the city of San Diego and a few dozen more elsewhere in the county. The proposed regulations would revive a requirement that all massage businesses get police permits, which could be revoked for illicit activity.
Most massage businesses have been exempt from needing such permits sincewhen the state passed a law shifting regulation to a statewide nonprofit called the California Massage Therapy Council. But concerns about human trafficking prompted the state to shift course in and pass a new law to encourage — but not require — local governments to mandating their own permits.
The proposed regulations also would require therapists to wear professional clothing and massage businesses to keep their doors unlocked during operating hours, so law enforcement can enter more easily. The city also would ban sleeping on site to help prevent human trafficking. San Diego police say they frequently find bedding and full kitchen facilities in massage businesses, which they say indicates therapists live there full-time.
The businesses also would have to post s in English and Spanish explaining sex slavery and human trafficking. City officials said this rule aims to prevent businesses with revoked permits from quickly changing the official owner to another associate so they can re-open quickly. Courtney Adams, a sole practitioner, said she objects to the requirement to post a human trafficking. Beverly May, director of governmental affairs for the California Massage Therapy Council, praised San Diego for refraining from onerous regulations and for proposing what she called national best practices.
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