State government’s Department of Financial and Professional Regulation license masseuses, but apparently has never sent an inspector to Crystal Lake to see if those giving massages have such licenses.
After the recent arrests for prostitution at three Crystal Lake message parlors, I filed a Freedom of Information request with the state agency that licenses message parlors and those who provide services there.
I asked for information on the last two area inspections.
The reply I received indicates there have been no such inspections.
In times past, one of the patronage jobs involved license inspectors. They would go into an area and check to see if folks with state licenses had them posted on the wall. You’ll see posted licenses in barber and beauty shops, doctors’ and dentist’s offices, etc.
The main reason for passing the massage therapist law was to be able to differentiate between those on the legitimate side of the business and those which were fronts for prostitution.
Obviously, if there are no inspections, the law is not working.
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Perhaps I misinterpreted the answer. The attorney who replied says there is no mechanism to track inspector visits on a geographic basis. I am making further inquiry.