The California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) has proposed new legislation to give cities more power to fight prostitution, according to an article in the Pasadena Star-News newspaper.

“The CAMTC Board of Directors voted this week to suggest legislation that would allow cities to shut down any massage establishment that is cited for prostitution, fine the owner $50,000, prohibit a massage business from opening in the same location for the following 10 years and prohibit the owner or his or her company from opening another establishment in the city,” the article stated.

“‘We hope this legislation will make it clear to local governments that we share the common goals of providing healthy, legal and quality care for the people of California, and working together to distinguish therapeutic massage services from criminal prostitution,'” CAMTC CEO Ahmos Netanel said in a statement published in the newspaper.

Read the article here.