Think those “extra service” massage parlors are just something you see on TV? Tell that to the police. Just several months ago an undercover investigation went underway in the Poway area of San Diego for a massage parlor prostitution sting. Allegations of prostitution at 3 massage parlors in Poway led to the arrest of 6 female masseuses.
Lieutenant Jeff Duckworth was stated in a local news article that the North County Human Trafficking Task Force along with sheriff’s officials conducted an operation at three massage parlors. Sheriff’s officials began looking into suspicious activity at Hai Tee Acupuncture, Silky Massage, and Healing Touch at Poway Road. This investigation began after there were numerous reports of men going into and out of the massage parlor throughout the day and night. Male patrons were contacted by law enforcement during the undercover sting.
Several women were arrested during the undercover sting for various allegations including unlawful touching and municipal code violations. All these women and businesses are innocent until proven guilty.
While prostitution at massage parlors is not uncommon, cracking down on these establishments is very difficult. Just interviewing men who come in and out of these parlors is more of “he said, she said”. It’s very difficult to prove the allegations without actually catching them in the act. Just doing a search online at websites like backpage, the erotic review, and rubmaps show just how difficult it is. There are thousands of ads for massage parlors that offer so called “extra services.” Most would think “well why the police can’t just go shut them down. The information is posted write on the internet.” The reason is that just because it’s posted on the internet does not prove that they actually do prostitution.
If you’re looking to get a great massage there are plenty of reputable massage parlors. Look for massage establishments that have been around for a while, have multiple locations, and are clean and professional.