Massage providers say new bans are giving them growing pains

May 31, 2015 1:58 PM by News Staff

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) - Massage therapists and day spa owners in Modesto are voicing frustration over a 45-day moratorium city lawmakers imposed on the opening, expansion and relocation of bodywork businesses.

The Modesto Bee reports that about 10 California cities have imposed temporary bans on new massage establishments since a law that restored the right of local governments to regulate them took effect on Jan. 1.

Officials in Modesto, Huntington Beach, San Rafael and other cities say the bans are needed to give them time to draft rules that would make it easier for them to crack down on massage parlors that they think are fronts for prostitution and human trafficking.

But some legitimate massage providers say the freeze has unfairly limited their ability to grow or sell their businesses.

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