Boise approves new massage parlor law

June 18, 2013 

Several Boise massage therapists succeeded in convincing city officials to remove language that would have required minors to have written parental permission to enter a massage parlor.

An amendment to an earlier version of the new massage parlor law removed that requirement. Instead, minors accompanied by their parents are presumed to have parental approval.

Boise rewrote the massage ordinance in part to discourage the use of parlors as fronts for illegal sexual business, such as prostitution. The written permission proposal met with resistance from massage therapists who worried about having to verify the ages of young people entering their establishments.

The new law will take effect by the end of June.

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