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Posted: Friday, June 22, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:56 am, Fri Jun 22, 2012.

Police this week issued 22 citations during an ambitious round of inspections at Lodi massage parlors.

Nine massage parlors were visited Wednesday by four teams consisting of four Lodi police officers and detectives each, said Detective Hettie Schaeffer of the Lodi Police Department.

The goal of the inspections was to update the police department’s list of technicians and owners for each location and determine if any Lodi municipal codes were being violated, said Lt. Chris Piombo of the Lodi Police Department.

Of the 22 alleged violations, five of them were for improper attire.

According to the Lodi Police Department, a number of locations that were visited Wednesday afternoon had women’s lingerie hanging on doors and in the rooms.

Schaeffer said the Lodi Municipal Code section is very specific about proper attire to be worn during a massage.

That includes no nudity, no shirts three inches below the collar bone, and legs covered to mid thigh, Schaeffer added.

She said many of the establishments checked Wednesday had technicians violating this section of the city’s municipal code.

The News-Sentinel attempted to contact all businesses involved in the inspections. However, business managers were either not available to comment or declined to comment on the compliance checks.

In addition to the clothing violations, seven citations were handed out to technicians who did not have their permits on them at the time of the inspection.

Five citations were handed out to technicians living at the massage premises. Per municipal city code, Schaeffer said, living quarters must be separate from the massage parlor.

For those who received citations, Schaeffer said, the next step for technicians is to appear in court. A judge will then decide what punishment the massage parlor technician will receive.

One piece of equipment that raised officers’ eyebrows were the number of security cameras at every establishment visited Wednesday.

“Surveillance cameras can indicate that massage technicians are watching the outside of the property, possibly to watch for law enforcement,” Schaeffer said. “Most legitimate businesses do not need the large amount of security and video equipment located in these types of massage establishments.”

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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9 comments:

  • Bev Lacy posted at 3:40 pm on Wed, Jun 27, 2012.

    Bev Lacy Posts: 6

    There are many legitimate Licensed Massage Therapists in Lodi who do a great job and don't provide "Other" services.
    Have the Police considered that some of the women working in these massage parlors are in this country illegally and may be victims of Human Trafficking, being forced to work for others. Were these questions asked of the women?
    These massage parlors should be shut down. There are a few people making money off of the women who provide the "Services". How about also arresting the men who are visiting these parlors and put their names in the paper.

     
  • Jonathan La Vine posted at 10:35 pm on Tue, Jun 26, 2012.

    Jonathan La Vine Posts: 4

    The number of commenters who have asked if there were any of these business who were visited and NOT cited make me wonder how many of you actually comprehended what you read.

    The second paragraph states, "Nine massage parlors were visited Wednesday by four teams consisting of four Lodi police officers and detectives each, said Detective Hettie Schaeffer of the Lodi Police Department."

    The headline states that EIGHT businesses were cited. Nine - eight = ONE. One can therefore logically conclude that there was one massage parlor that was in compliance at the time it was inspected.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:35 am on Sat, Jun 23, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Were there any of these same types of businesses visited by police and NOT cited

    Bob, I was thinking the same thing. Ms Bobin makes a good point that Lodi should not condone prostitution but at the same time it should not paint a picture that all places of business in this industry were guilty of something. If there were businesses that were scrutinized and no violations were found, maybe it should be clarified so the public does not assume each business has nefarious intent.

     
  • Bob Smith posted at 9:21 am on Sat, Jun 23, 2012.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    Questions for the LNS: Were there any of these same types of businesses visited by police and NOT cited? Were there any at all that were in complete compliance?

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:08 am on Sat, Jun 23, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4301

    Unless the posters below wish the City of Lodi to condone prostitution, or are unhappy that their pastimes have been curtailed, then they should be appreciative that the LPD is doing its job.

     
  • Bob Kempf posted at 10:31 pm on Fri, Jun 22, 2012.

    Bob Kempf Posts: 41

    Yep, in the time of cut backs and a big gang problems, I'd think LPD could focus on something more of a problem to the public. Do the police regularly go though the local barber shops looking for current licenses of the barbers... I'm thinking not. And teams of four at that. Just saying.

     
  • Jessie Abraham posted at 7:07 pm on Fri, Jun 22, 2012.

    Abe Posts: 14

    "For those who received citations, Schaeffer said, the next step for technicians is to appear in court. A judge will then decide what punishment the massage parlor technician will receive."

    Pardon me, but a citation to appear is not a finding of guilt.

     
  • Jessie Abraham posted at 6:04 pm on Fri, Jun 22, 2012.

    Abe Posts: 14

    There is a heavy moral tinge to these "inspections". We don't need moral police. Who is the victim of lingerie hanging somewhere in a business? We know it isn't the customer. It isn't citizens who aren't there. There is no victim. Squads of police and detectives? At most an ordinance compliance non-sworn city employee would be appropriate. And much much cheaper.

     
  • CONNIE RIGGS posted at 10:14 am on Fri, Jun 22, 2012.

    CONNIE RIGGS Posts: 6

    I am glad the Lodi Police Dept did their inspections. They need to do these sweeps significantly more often. They are not done enough. With the number of violations they report, the fines alone should be enough to cover the cost of the inspections. These type of message parlors need to be shut down. They give the legitimate message and therapy businesses a bad rap. One sign of an immoral message business is one that has late hours, such as being open after 8 or 9:00 in the evenings like most of this type is.

     

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