New rules for massage businesses approved in Paso Robles

tstrickland@thetribunenews.comAugust 7, 2013 

The Paso Robles City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a new city law that places a sharper focus on massage businesses in town to combat suspected prostitution.

Those looking to open up a business or renew their business license will be met with the new requirements after the council conducts a second reading of the new law at its Aug. 20 meeting. One of the largest differences is that anyone looking to practice massage therapy in town must first be licensed by the state. For non-certified business owners looking to employ certified therapists, fees for a background check and fingerprinting will be required.

Several years of complaints to city police about sexual activity and human trafficking at some of the establishments prompted the department to write the new law. In the past, police have had trouble proving that illegal activity was going on at the establishments and have said they needed new regulations to stop the so-called illicit businesses from cropping up or remaining in town.

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