Readers of McHenry County Blog know that message parlors in Crystal Lake, Algonquin, Woodstock and McHenry have had employees arrested for prostitution.
The arrests of middle aged Asia women started making press in July of 2010:
- 7-31-10 Waiting for Gedot (at the Crystal Lake Massage Parlor)
- 7-31-10 Three Papers Cover Crystal Lake Prostitution Arrests
- 8-2-10 Site of Massage Parlor Arrest Found
- 11-16-10 Net Appears to be Closing on Prostitution Ring (My title seems in retrospect to have been a tad optimistic.)
Twice police in Woodstock raided the Marigold Massage Parlor:
The person who shared the story wondered why the prostitutes’ supervisor was not arrested as well.
One raided in the Crystal Lake Plaza also used the name “Marigold.”
And, then came the raids on three massage parlor in mid-December:
I don’ t think one needs to be in law enforcement to conclude this is a continuing enterprise.
Looks as if there is some business relationship as well.
So, what could the city fathers and mothers do to keep prostitutes disguised as massage therapists out of the town that used to have as its slogan,
“A good place to live”?
The Cities of Crystal Lake and McHenry, Villages of Algonquin and Woodstock, because of their Home Rule status, could license the parlors and make them subject to spot inspection. (Home Rule allows a municipality with more than 25,000 residents or one whose citizens have voted to become a Home Rule unit to do pretty much anything not forbidden by state law.)
Home Rule units, for instance, could require the licenses of the massage therapists to be posted (state law, already I’m pretty sure), but the city could add the requirement that photos with names, addresses and phone numbers of the therapists would have to be posted as well. And, photos, names, addresses and phone numbers of supervisors could be required, too.
I have been told that the unlicensed massage therapists go from parlor to parlor, so routine checks might yield some interesting findings.
If a non-licensed therapist were found in a parlor, a municipality could turn them over to the state Dept of Finance and Professional Regulation and/or close the parlor for a week, two weeks, four weeks, permanently. Fines could be imposed as well.
I’m sure others could come up with additional requirements that would dissuade prostitution locally.
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Also of possible relevance is this article:
- 6-14-10 Tales from the Jail