Scattered throughout the Wichita area – in the suburbs and strip malls and across the street from a school – red neon signs offer massages.
Inside some of these businesses, money changes hands for sex, police say.
Wichita police say they’ve had complaints since 2013 of some massage businesses that sell sexual acts and that some of these businesses are engaged in human trafficking.
Now police are asking city leaders to consider creating a city ordinance to regulate all massage businesses in the hopes of reducing human trafficking.
It’s unclear how many massage businesses actually operate in Wichita or the state, because they are unregulated and don’t require licensing.
What’s even more unclear is the percentage that are engaging in illegal activities.
Kansas does not regulate massage businesses, but several cities have their own ordinances, primarily in the Kansas City metro area, according to city documents.
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