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Massage Therapy and Prostitution

Massage therapy can be a very rewarding career. Many of the patrons that enjoy massage therapy think of it as a way to ease many of life's ailments and melt the stresses of everyday life. For this reason, massage therapy is not only reserved for the posh resorts and wealthy country clubs. Now patrons can enjoy a massage everywhere from the grocery store to the airport.

However there is a lingering stigma that is affecting the massage therapy industry. Prostitution in massage parlors is a multi-billion dollar industry, and it has unfortunately tainted the reputation of the message therapy industry. This stigma has aspiring therapists reluctant to embark on such a career.

Fortunately, most states are becoming more vigilant about stopping prostitution in massage parlors. New laws are being passed which state that massage therapists must carry a valid permit to practice massage therapy. These laws are being heavily enforced with hefty fines if the law is violated.

One of the most frequently asked questions from an aspiring massage therapist is whether the problem with prostitution in massage parlors is a growing problem, or a problem that is starting to decrease. The answer is dependent on where you live; however, most cities are becoming more and more aware of the problem, especially as many massage parlor use trafficked women. Because of this, they are setting new regulations on massage establishments.

 

Massage Therapy Regulations and Background Check

Some of the new regulations cities are imposing are requirements that massage business owners and employees are to give personal information to the local police departments. This information would include work and residential histories. They will also run a criminal background check and you would have to submit a set of fingerprints to the police department when applying for your permits in some cities. In addition you would have to provide proof of sufficient training, such as transcripts from a recognizable message therapy school. While these new regulations seem harsh, it will help to weed out any businesses that are not legitimate.

Another question that many ask is if the laws are different in different areas. The answer is yes. The laws can differ from state to state, and even city to city. Therefore, it is important for you to fully research whatever city you intend to work in and make sure you understand the regulations you must adhere by to become a legitimate massage therapist.

You may be thinking why some massage therapists turn to being prostitutes. Some of the women posing as massage therapists are actually women that have been trafficked from other countries and used as sex slaves in these establishments. However, that is not always the case. Some women start as legitimate massage therapists. However, massage parlors being used a front for brothels has been so prevalent in the past that some customers would go to a legitimate massage parlor and proposition the girls for something more than just a massage. While most legitimate massage therapists will decline, some will be tempted by the money the customer offers.

 

Staying a Professional Massage Therapist

So how do you, as a professional, avoid this situation? You can make sure that the establishment that you are working for is a legitimate business, hopefully with a good standing reputation. Country clubs, resorts, and high end spas would offer a safer environment. Try to avoid a small massage parlor. Even if it is a legitimate business, some customers may still be inclined to proposition you. Also legitimate patrons are more likely to go to a more reputable establishment as they would feel safer given the stigma of small massage parlors.

As a professional, you would want to take some precautions from getting caught up in this type of misconduct. In order to do that you would want to make sure that you get the proper massage therapy training. Choose a very reputable school that can give you reputable job leads to legitimate salons. Make sure you get the proper permits to practice massage therapy. Also make sure that you handle all of your customers with strict professionalism so that they never get the wrong idea. Do all the research, and find out what you need in order to be a legitimate massage therapist in the city you want to work in. And finally, make sure to choose a massage establishment that has a reputable name that you and your customers can trust.

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