“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.”
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.