West Monroe massage parlors face a little more oversight thanks to an ordinance approved Tuesday night by the Board of Aldermen.
Aldermen acted on the matter at their regular meeting.
The Board of Aldermen’s move was in response to a West Monroe police sting operation last month, which resulted in the arrest of five individuals who stand accused of conducting illegal massages at two different massage parlors in the city. The illegal massages were sexual in nature.
City attorney Doug Caldwell said the Board of Aldermen’s authority in regulating massage parlors was somewhat inhibited in light of a state law that already regulates massage parlors as well as a licensing board that oversees massage parlors. However, Caldwell pointed out West Monroe’s new ordinance would require massage parlors to register with the city, and it would regulate their hours of operation, among other regulations.
The ordinance goes into effect May 1.
“It turns out we’ve had some businesses in the city go beyond what their license would allow,” Caldwell said. “We are trying to eliminate it, or minimize it, by establishing some additional requirements.”
Bobby Swanner, a spa owner, asked the Board of Aldermen to reconsider the ordinance’s prohibition on serving alcohol at massage parlors. Swanner said his business offers a VIP package which allows customers to have a glass of wine while undergoing a massage. Caldwell said though the ordinance goes into effect on the first of May, he anticipated the Board of Aldermen would entertain making some changes to the ordinance in the near future, perhaps as soon as the Board of Aldermen’s regular meeting in May.
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