Regulate Massage Parlors in Ames

Regulate Massage Parlors in Ames

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ISU Network Against Human Trafficking started this petition to Ames City Council
There is an increasing concern across the country that some spas and illicit massage therapy businesses that are being used as a front for prostitution and sex trafficking. According to Polaris, a National Human Trafficking Hotline program, an estimated 9,000 illicit massage businesses are in operation nationwide. These businesses are advertising online, by word of mouth, and in a shop. Arrests for prostitution, trafficking, or for working without a massage license have been made the past few years in Ames, Johnston, Marion, Mason City, The Quad Cities, Sioux City, Urbandale, Dubuque, and West Des Moines.
While 16 cities in Iowa have adopted Ames has yet to adopt an ordinance. The April 16th public forum is a call to action.

There will be a public forum at the Ames City Hall meeting on Tuesday, April 16th at 6 pm. We are asking that the council move forward with enacting a Massage Parlor Ordinance in Ames.

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In 2016, Gemnu Chen, of Ames Iowa was arrested after two of his customers reported being sexually abused, police said. Genmu Chen was subsequently convicted of felony assault with intent to commit sex abuse and felony sex abuse after he inappropriately touched two massage clients. He did not have a massage license and the business, located in Ames’ North Grand Mall, was never inspected. He wasn’t subject to a criminal background check before being arrested. Two Asian women were also arrested: one for prostitution, the other for practicing without a license. The two women victims were actually sleeping and eating at the massage business.
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