Illegitimate “massage” parlors, which are really fronts for prostitution and, sometimes, human trafficking, are on the radar of law-enforcement agencies and the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC).

A press release made public yesterday noted CAMTC “is committed to working closely with local officials, including the LAPD Police Commission and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, to set up protocols ensuring maximum effectiveness of local law enforcement efforts against these illegitimate establishments.”

More information about those protocols was not available at press time; MASSAGE Magazine will continue to update this news.

The CAMTC certification process was created with the intent to help local governments ensure massage therapy is not used as a subterfuge to violate the penal code, and does not prohibit local municipalities from enacting ordinances regarding massage establishments, the press release noted.

In addition, CAMTC-sponsored legislation that went into effect Jan. 1, 2013, will make it easier to shut down illicit massage establishments, and CAMTC is currently evaluating further legislation to improve the 2009 state massage law.

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Read the press release here.