June 29, 2016

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City in Ohio discusses law to regulate massage parlors

WARREN — Officials in an Ohio city are debating the best approach to regulating massage parlors believed to be fronts for prostitution.

The legislation before city council in Warren in northeastern Ohio would increase fees charged to massage parlors and increase the number of inspections from one per month to two.

The Vindicator reported today that the bill would also make it easier for the city to revoke a massage parlor’s license.

City Law Director Greg Hicks said lawmakers must be careful to enact a bill that is not unconstitutional.

Hicks said it’s not enough to pass legislation based on an unproved assumption that prostitution takes place at the parlors.

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