Roseville PD Seeking Public Input in Massage Parlor Ordinance

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ROSEVILLE -- Massage parlors. They're in our neighborhoods, in strip malls and on busy streets, but some are doing more than just relieving back pain.

"Kids go in there and get massage and then they hear 'ah and oohing' in the other room and that's not right," said Roseville resident Kathy Osbourne.

Osbourne says she's heard of a few questionable massage parlors in the area.

"Most of them are but you can tell the ones that are not," said Osbourne.

"Occasionally in a small percentage of massage business we encounter problems with prostitution and human trafficking and we need some effective tools to address those issues when they do happen," said Dee Dee Gunther, Roseville Police Department Spokesperson.

The Roseville Police Department is working to change the city's massage ordinance so they have more power to shut down businesses that act as a front for prostitution and sex trafficking.

Currently they are limited in how they can punish massage parlors.

"What happens when we encounter a problems with prostitution is that we can issue the alleged prostitutes a citation but there's no effect on the business itself," Gunther said.

The Department is trying to find a way to eliminate bad businesses without affecting good ones.

"Honestly I never thought anything more than what the business says it is," said Roseville resident Maria Mellott.

Roseville Police is inviting anyone interested to attend public meetings to weigh in and help find solutions.

The meetings are Sunday at 2 p.m. and Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Roseville Police Department.

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