Sometimes I comment that I read the DC Register so you don’t have to, but it pays off often enough that it’s totally worth it. This time the joy comes in the form of new proposed regulation from the Department of Health. Last year some enhanced regulation went in place to try to crack down on prostitution that was thinly disguised as massage. The new changes add some more fines in for that kind of thing as well as other offenses. Some of them make you think “are the criminal penalties really not enough?” but mostly I just love the way these extremes are mixed together.
For example, the following are all class 1 infractions:
- Operating a massage establishment or health spa facility for an illegal clandestine drug laboratory or related activities;
- Operating a massage establishment or health spa facility for prostitution;
- Operating a massage establishment or health spa facility without a valid Certificate of Occupancy;
- Failure of licensee to employ a massage therapist who is on the premises during all hours of operation
Are massage parlors really useful fronts for drug labs?