Columbian: Clark County Acts On Massage Parlors

The Columbian | Aug. 12, 2014 5 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 13, 2014 3:36 p.m.

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Tyler Graf / Columbian staff writer

Clark County has taken an initial step in putting the squeeze on illicit massage businesses.

Commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance that will place some new requirements on practitioners of massage therapy and reflexology. The ordinance came in response to concerns about fly-by-night operations that were possibly complicit in providing a venue for illegal sexual activity.

The county’s ordinance requires businesses located within unincorporated Clark County to provide proof that they and their employees are licensed by the state before the county issues a certificate of occupancy. The rules closely follow those recently put in place in the city of Vancouver.

Anne McEnerny-Ogle, a Vancouver city councilwoman who was one of several residents who had asked the county to look into strengthening its regulations, said she was pleased by how the ordinance turned out.

Read more at the Columbian.

 

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