Background[ edit ] The term "massage parlour" British English or "massage parlor" American English refers to a front for prostitution , and was popularized in what is known as "the Massage Scandals of ". In the British Medical Association BMA inquired into the education and practice of massage practitioners in London, and found that prostitution was commonly associated with unskilled workers and debt, often working with forged qualifications.
In response, legitimate massage workers formed the Society of Trained Masseuses now known as the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy , with an emphasis on high academic standards and a medical model for massage training.
Alternatively, the massages at certain massage parlors may have a "happy ending", meaning that the massage ends with the client receiving a sexual release. In addition to a "happy ending" service, given the restrictions imposed upon most striptease venues, some erotic massage venues now also offer a service where the client can masturbate him or herself while watching an artist perform a striptease.
A massage parlor and soapland in Chiang Mai , Thailand Even though Thailand is rather well known for its unique spa experiences and particularly healthy and non-sexual traditional Thai massages , this section refers to a different type of massage parlor commonly associated with the term in Thailand, sexual massage.
In , foreign women made up the majority of prostitutes from forty sex establishments in eighteen border provinces that were actually brothels masquerading as karaoke bars , restaurants and traditional massage parlours.
In some venues though, there were no Thai women at all. The FTSPA maintains that influential figures have used legal loopholes to open "pretty spas" or massage parlours where tourists can buy sexual services. However, the laws are not always strictly enforced. Many brothels in cities such as Manchester and London operate through legitimate businesses which are licensed as "Massage Parlours" and operate under that name.
Police forces often turn a blind eye to such establishments. The Newspaper Society's guidelines suggest that their members the majority of local newspapers refuse to carry advertisements for sexual services. Newspaper companies often adopt a policy of refusing all advertisements for massage parlours. On 12 October , the Manchester Evening News reported that "A self-confessed pimp walked free from court after a judge was told police had ' turned a blind eye ' to organised prostitution in massage parlours in Manchester.
The move followed a meeting between ministers and newspaper and advertising industry representatives. It also followed comments by Harriet Harman , Minister for Women and Equality , in the House of Commons on 25 October that some local newspapers were promoting slavery by running sex adverts for foreign women.
If a state does not have any massage laws then a practitioner need not apply for a license with the state. Prostitution in Rhode Island was legal at that time as long as it was "behind closed doors". The film focuses on "full service" massage parlors, although "rub and tug" massage parlors where only handjobs are offered are also covered. As of , there were an estimated massage parlors in New Jersey acting as fronts for the prostitution industry.