"Massage" Crackdown the Target of South Lake Tahoe Police and City Attorney in New Rules 

by Placerville Newswire / Apr 08, 2016 / comments

[by Adam Jensen]  South Lake Tahoe police and city attorney Tom Watson will craft new regulations surrounding massage businesses in South Lake Tahoe in coming weeks.

The South Lake Tahoe City Council directed Police Chief Brian Uhler and Watson to draft a new ordinance after hearing a presentation by detective Jeff Roberson and receiving public comment from several people in the massage industry at council’s Tuesday meeting. The proposed rules will come before the South Lake Tahoe City Council for possible approval at a future meeting.

Tahoe’s South Shore has seen a rise in the number of massage businesses in the past several years. Shifting state rules, as well as fluctuating law enforcement funding, have made for inconsistent policing surrounding massage businesses across California, Roberson said. He acknowledged the many legitimate massage practitioners in the state and said his presentation is focused on businesses using massage as a front to conduct illegal activity in California, rather than legitimate massage therapy businesses.

Human trafficking for labor and sex are among the main concerns for law enforcement when it comes to massage businesses, Roberson said.

“The elephant in the room is prostitution — let’s just say it,” Roberson told the council.

The city’s existing code in regard to massage businesses is “totally weak” and doesn’t provide...

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