The Hands Off Our Name: Massage is Therapy.
Our communities have a long history of having illicit businesses disguised as massage therapy businesses for way to long. Everyday the news is full of stories about places and they are refered to as illicit massage businesses and massage parlors. This incorrect use of language reflects on the massage profession and it shows up in the many cases of sexual harassment/assault of massage therapists.
Most states have massage licensing laws that restrict the use of the words massage, massage therapy to licensed massage therapists who attend and pass massage school, pass a state exam, background checks and have other requirements to renew their license.
Massage is Therapy. Massage is NOT Sex work.
Are you ready to start making a change in your community?
Start with joining the year long iniative starting in 2024 which includes this special toolkit for massage therapists to learn about the problem in detail and provides information for starting a local network of your own to start disrupting these businesses.
Starting in 2024 and for the whole year, we will work together to think, connect and take action in our local communities to help shut down the illicit sex businesses using the good name of massage to hide their illicit businesses.
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This comprehensive toolkit includes the Plan for disrupting the entanglment of massage with those “other” businesses will get you started and help you create your own plan in your community to help resolve this complex problem.
Hands OFF Our Name!
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Download these free resources and handout to the property owners, media and the public in your community. (PDF files: Open automatically in new window)
Property Owners/Rental Management Companies need to be aware of who they are renting to. They will need to evict shady businesses. Download this toolkit and give to Landlords.
The language being used is hurting the massage profession. The media can help in changing the narrative. See a story using the words ‘Illicit Massage Business or Massage Parlor”? Let them know how to change it.
Police and Sheriff officers need to be informed about law-abiding massage therapists and learn the signs of unlicensed massage therapy. The many places hiding in plain sight have some key indicators that all is not what it seems to be. Give this to your local law enforcement officers to help start the process of ending unlicensed massage.
Our communities are filled with brothels disguised as massage businesses and the language being used to describe the many sexually oriented businesses confuses the public. Correcting the language so that community members understand what is in going on in plain sight will help communities make changes faster.