We are glad you are interested in learning more and find the best massage therapist for you while also doing your part to reduce Human Trafficking and brothels disguised business as massage therapists. If we all work together in our local communities, we can have a larger impact on the reduction of illegal, harmful activities. It’s important that the general public know what to look for when getting services like massage, reflexology and more.
We’d like to share with you a few tips on how you can make sure your hard earned money is staying out of the hands of criminals, and tax dollars are not lost by the state.
As a consumer/client you have the right to know everything about the work you will be receiving and about the therapist providing it (within the limits of practice). There should be a statement of informed consent on each businesses website and you should be able to ask the therapist questions. When they explain what they are doing or what is going on in your body, be sure to ask more questions. Many schools have taught that the reasons how and why massage work has been based on traditional theories and many have not made the jump to evidence based practice.
Is a Business Operating Within the Law?
Looks can be deceiving. Just because a business has a storefront, it does not automatically mean they are operating within the law. In most states there are regulations that protect consumers and prevent or monitor illicit businesses from operating storefronts. It is very difficult to find and prosecute these businesses. It’s up to you to protect yourself and your friends, family and communities.
Before you commit to a service, do your research. If a business is operating illegally, walk away and do not buy from them. You aren’t protected as a consumer, and the business may be involved in illicit practices such as labor or sex trafficking.
Look Before You Book!
Find out if the business is legitimate
- Know what a REAL massage therapist looks like. (Coming soon… a state by state guide)
- Is the business registered but dissolved? Technically the business is closed, so why is it still in operation?
See “Is This Trafficking” for typical signs to look for when deciding if the business is legitimate.
Do you Suspect Illegal Activity?
Learn the steps you can take to report suspected trafficking and illegal activity.