Tampa Officials Approve New Measure For Massage Parlors Aimed at Preventing Sex Trafficking

One Florida city voted to adopt a revised bathhouse ordinance from the 1980s aimed at cracking down on illicit services offered in massage parlors.

Tampa city councilors agreed to a permit application process for massage parlors that offer bathing, a common precursor to sex acts, and require them to follow more stringent regulations.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the measure was criticized as oppressive and hailed as a measure to help the city fight human trafficking.

Officials told a sex worker solidarity group they are working with other agencies to make sure women would be protected.

Once the new ordinance takes effect, the penalty for operating a bath house without a permit will be a fine of up to $500 and 60 days in jail.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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