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.”
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