Proposed ordinance concerning largely unregulated massage industry aims to deter human-trafficking

City attorneys have drafted a local ordinance that aims to combat human-trafficking operations disguised as massage parlors.

The local ordinance would regulate a massage industry that currently doesn’t require licenses or background checks for a business to operate.

Lawrence has close to 50 massage businesses, and city attorneys have been working for months to write an ordinance after urging from the Lawrence Police Department.

“This whole ordinance idea originated with the police department as a way to help combat human trafficking, because of their investigations and experience,” said Maria Garcia, assistant city attorney for Lawrence.

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