Four Businesses Closed Over New Massage Parlor Ordinance
A new ordinance on the books isn't winning over people breaking the law.
Four businesses have been shut down since Tulsa's new massage parlor ordinance took effect, including Miss Saigon. The number of citations issued since the new ordinance went into effect can be found here in municipal court. So far the number is 25 tickets.
The latest incident at this Tulsa motel. Police say two women, 48-year old Althea McLemore and 27-year old Chelsea Gomez offered more than massages. Both were arrested for operating without a massage license and soliciting a lewd act or prostitution.
"There's a small number of people out there who say why are you wasting our resources out there, like I said before this isn't just one little crime this is a crime that encompasses lots of different things."
They're crimes police say are all associated with prostitution and the things that go might go on in massage parlors.
"Narcotics use, property crimes, burglary, fraud, human trafficking, abuse, rape."
But catching those responsible isn't easy. Police say it's in part because these businesses move around.