NUVO take a hit: Asian massage parlors targeted

Dateline: Tue 13 Apr 2010

Here are comments from a reader, followed by the story from Jack Rinehart at Channel 6:

"So, the cops are after the Asian massage parlors. This time the pretexts are minor code violations and 'human trafficking.' Of course trafficking is a serious charge, but does the reporter ask the authorities for any proof?

"Of course not! He's too busy being embedded to do any actual reporting. (His hard question consists of asking the barber if he would mind the parlor not having the proper license.) The Asian places are not magnets for drugs and disease, so the net effect of putting them out of business will be to push customers to doped and diseases American prostitutes. The Puritans are gratified, but the community is worse off.

"What would Jack Rinehart say if queried about why he didn't ask for evidence of human trafficking? Were there trafficking arrests? This is the local news version of WMDs and (altogether phony) snuff films."

I agree. And I've also got a Census question: are these Asians Japanese, Chinese or Korean, for which the Census all has categories? Or "other" -- Thai, Samoan, etc.? OK. Totally frivolous and idle query. But, joking aside, the one about human trafficking is not. One gets the impression this is sensationalized...

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13 Massage Parlors Targeted In Indianapolis Sweep

Multi-Agency Sweep Puts Regulatory Pressure On Businesses

POSTED: 1:08 pm EDT April 12, 2010
UPDATED: 7:01 pm EDT April 12, 2010
Thirteen Indianapolis massage parlors were targeted in a multi-agency sweep on Monday as part of the city's effort to curb prostitution at those businesses.The parlors were targeted because of the nature of their advertising, the number of prior police runs and arrests there, 6News' Jack Rinehart reported."We're hearing from IMPD that there is human trafficking ofetn in these locations," says Katie Bannon, head of the Nuisance Abatement Office for the Indianapolis Department of Code Enforcement.Six of the parlors had prostitution arrests last week. Some of the businesses had multiple violations, including a lack of proper business licenses and licenses for therapists. Some violated the fire code, along with zoning issues and sign violations.The city hopes that heat from various regulatory agencies will force the illicit businesses to shut down.Comprehensive cases are being put together, with fines and penalties that are likely to be imposed running into the thousands of dollars.Police said the parlors advertise in Nuvo and are talked about on various local Web sites in which people seek sex in exchange for money.The city doesn't know how many illicit massage parlors there are in Indianapolis because they pop up in different places frequently and without regulatory approval.There was a prostitution arrest at DX Spa, in the 5100 block of South Emerson Avenue last week.An Anderson man, who was getting a massage at the spa when police rushed in, was ordered by police to put his clothes on."When you see the police come in, you normally think you're in trouble. I made a mistake," he offered on a condition of anonymity.Officials said the business didn't have proper licenses, that its signs were in violation of city code and that there were lighting issues and fire code violations in the building.Officials said some of the violations can be charged per day and will quickly run into the thousands of dollars.The city of Indianapolis licenses 27-different businesses and the Department of Code Enforcement has initiated a big push to regulate and enforce each one."We're going to take an aggressive approach. We're going to create a case that's really going to bring everything together," says Bannon."They just can't continue to operate in the city if this is how they're going to operate," she said.Watch 6News beginning First At 5:00 and refresh this page for updates.



varangianguard [unverified] said:

So, if these places pay up on their "licenses", then the City is OK with them? Just looking to "enhance revenue", IMO. Push around the fringe businesses first. Less chance that they will complain or sue.

2010-04-13 10:48:32

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

I just wish to hell the Code Enforcement folks paid this much attention to the myriad of existing violations which are reported to them on a regular basis.

Is it just me, or is this story convoluted? I had to read it twice. I mean, I get the "massage parlour" thing. But is someone trying a ratings sweep story, or is this blown out of proportion, or am I misguided?

2010-04-13 11:06:17

Coldwater [unverified] said:

Yes its sensationalized, but not for the Puritans, but more for Rick Powers to justify his salary, staffing and budgeting inncreases. Is it misdirected, yes to say the least, kinda like Channel 6 has been lately with their horrid Rant and "whats on your mind", which is junk filler from a news agency that should be striving to top channel 13, not Entertainment Tonight

2010-04-13 14:01:38

nicmart [Member] said:

The primary problem is government persecution of the downtrodden. The secondary problem is that mainstream news is rarely more than the received opinion of officials. From drug prohibition to white slaving, reporters are willing shills for the preposterous.

2010-04-13 16:59:15

nicmart [Member] said:

Ruth, the answer to your demographic query is that most are Chinese fewer are Korean. Probably none of the rest.

2010-04-14 21:07:28

Marycatherine Barton [unverified] said:

Human trafficking is a horrible crime, implemented by the global mafia and government officials, and I so hope that law enforcement in my county are doing everything they can to help anyone being victimized in the massage parlors here, to escape from their en-slavers. I will pray for them.

2010-04-14 21:32:37

nicmart [Member] said:

Marycatherine, what evidence do you have that anyone is working in a massage studio who is enslaved? If you know something and aren't promptly reporting it to the police, you could be liable for prosecution. So, if you have some evidence, I would like to know about it. I will gladly accompany you to the police station.

2010-04-15 18:20:26

Marycatherine Barton [unverified] said:

"The Invisible Empire" was released today at and at, Ruth and all. It is a very powerful documentary about the title.

2010-04-16 03:07:21

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