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New Warren massage law may be delayed

Published: Sat, July 9, 2011 @ 12:03 a.m.

Staff report


A Warren City Council committee examining possible changes to laws governing massage parlors may have to extend the discussion to September to incorporate suggestions from the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative.

The MVOC delivered a 117-page document to council’s Legislative Committee on Thursday that provides recommendations for ways the organization thinks Warren’s ordinance could be strengthened.

The group also presented written opinions from three attorneys with experience in the field who say that the MVOC’s recommendations would most likely hold up in court.

The MVOC gathered the legal opinions and other supporting documents after Warren officials said at earlier meetings that the MVOC’s recommendations might not be legal.

Nate Brown, an MVOC representative, said the organization especially hopes the city will consider adding a requirement that each massage therapist shows documentation that she or he has completed at least 100 hours of training from a certified massage association.

Another important regulation, Brown said, is that the business not be allowed to operate from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Brown said that limitation might reduce the likelihood that illegal activities such as prostitution would occur at the businesses.

Cheryl Saffold, committee chairman, said the committee and city law department will review the MVOC’s recommendations and probably talk about them before next week’s regular council meeting.

She said council may delay enactment of a new ordinance until a council meeting in September to give full consideration to the suggestions.


1ytownsteelman(680 comments)posted 5 years ago

If you don't like the massage parlors, don't use them. Otherwise let them be. When will this nation progress beyond the archaic notion that selling sexual services is somehow wrong?

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2grazor50(104 comments)posted 5 years ago

It is obvious that when city council has to spend time researching and considering laws on such subject matter which has been described as the victimless crime, they have run out of items to be discussed such as the economical stability of our government and the high unemployment rate of our local area.
As the previous writer stated, don't like it,, don't use it, if enough people agree with that, they will close due to lack of use. It is the boisterous few that want to control the whole world with their point of views and decide for the rest of us in how we live whether it effects them or not.
Time to downsize government and maybe the attention span of the officials will be directed back to matters of more importance than the worry of what has been going on since history was first written.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

Menwhile vouchers were given out so that Warren City Council Members could get an in depth view of the massage parlors . . .. Why the hangup ? SHUT THEM DOWN ! Isn't prostitution illegal in Warren ?

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4jeep56(7 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

It is obvious that prostitution is going on at these so called businesses. Cleveland, Ashtabula, Elryia and many cities around the country have laws on the books to shut down these whore houses. Not one problem legally. And yet Warren Ohio seems to have a problem with making sure that what they do is legal.

Just pass the same damn legislation that those other cities did. Are the leaders in Warren stupid? Or maybe they are making too much money from pay offs from the whore house owners?

How hard is it to have an undercover officer go into these places and get evidence? Not too hard......it would not take months or years but just one time......the offer of sex and then shut them down. Period.

And what about the newspapers who allow advertising for illegal activity? Plain Dealer.....Akron Beacon Journal......maybe they should be prosecuted for being an accessory.

Is there not one leader in Warren with the GUTS to do what everyone knows needs to be done?

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