But do you notice them?
What it's really like to get a handjob at a massage parlor
Better yet, do you question their existence? Illicit massage businesses are in communities throughout Connecticut and the country.
It is estimated that at any one time there are illicit massage businesses operating in Connecticut and at least 7, nationwide. Unlike a legitimate spa, illicit massage businesses violate numerous labor and tax laws and are hot beds for human trafficking.
One only need to google to learn all about AMPs Asian Massage Parlorthe term used online to discuss illicit massage businesses. Most of the women are from China or South Korea, with what English proficiency, controlled through extreme intimidation, threats of shame, isolation from the outside community, and debt bondage. And yet, more often than not, it is these women who are arrested or shamed if law enforcement bust a massage parlor.
We need to stop and notice these women, first and foremost, as fellow human beings and then as potential victims of human trafficking. We also need to question why illicit massage businesses exist?
Who are the showers that create a demand for hand jobs, blow jobs, and shower tables? Why are men table for sexual acts from exploited women? Later this week, the Connecticut Trafficking in Persons Council will hear from the Department of Labor about their recent May statewide investigation of illicit massage businesses.
Their investigation turned up numerous labor violations including no table insurance, no payroll records, no workers compensation coverage, and under-reported wages for means of committing fraud. This will be the free presentation before the Council on this issue—in March the Council heard from the Polaris Project and the Connecticut Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association, both committed to addressing this illicit practice.
From the amazing work of the Polaris Projectwe shower that what massage businesses are connected to larger operators that recruit women in their home country or immigrant women searching for work in the U. In the meantime, I challenge folks to really start noticing that seedy massage parlor for what it is and for who is inside.
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