Illicit massage parlor loophole closed by City Council
WHEATON – Thanks to what Wheaton City Attorney James Knippen calls a "state legislature-created loophole," some sexually-oriented massage businesses set up shop around the state – including in Wheaton.
"The state requires that massage therapists be licensed by the state. They left a loophole by saying that practitioners of what is referred to as 'Asian bodywork therapies' do not require state licensure," Knippen said in an earlier City Council meeting.
Knippen said that "certain elements" have used the loophole to promote non-legitimate, sexual massage businesses. While that remains illegal, it is possible to work around the law.
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