Beavercreek’s new massage parlor law to crack down on sex trafficking

Beavercreek is hoping for significant development in the next few years of these two large parcels that are split by the new Shakertown Road extension. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF

Beavercreek approved a new law that aims to make it more difficult for illicit businesses to pose as massage businesses.

Beavercreek city council members voted on Sept. 28 on a plan to require any massage business in the Greene County city that does not use massage therapists licensed by the state to register with the city and provide a list of employees. All new employees at a spa that does not use licensed massage therapists must be registered with the city within a month of their start date. A business must renew its registration every year.

This legislation, which will go into effect Oct. 27, gives the city the ability to shut down a business, not just stop an individual, said Beavercreek Planning and Development Director Randy Burkett. Massage spas that have anyone other than a massage therapist performing massages in Beavercreek will have 60 days after the effective date to register with the city.

The focus on unlicensed massage therapists is a change from the original legislation, which had proposed that all massage businesses register with the city.

The city changed the legislation after talking with several local massage businesses, Burkett said.

“We’re not trying to pick on massage therapists or massage practitioners,” Burkett said. “We’re trying to do our part to discourage illicit activities, sex trafficking from coming to Beavercreek.”

ExploreBeavercreek cracks down on sex trafficking with new massage parlor law

Kettering, Springboro, Fairborn and Miamisburg also recently passed similar legislation.

The Beavercreek Planning and Development department can deny a permit or registration to any business or massage therapist that has any sex-related offenses on their record, any felonies in the past five years or any drug violations, among other things. Any massage business must also be licensed by the state.

Under this new legislation, massage businesses must post their registration with the city in an easy-to-see place for customers. The business must be lit at all times to show that they are clearly open or closed. The ordinance also says no massages can be given past 10 p.m. or before 7 a.m.

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