Massage is Legal, Human Trafficking is Not

Posted on January 17th, 2013 by Shari´ Parks

In my Jan/Feb Massage & Bodywork magazine the tough topic of human trafficking is discussed. Below are excerpts from the article that I believe to be helpful in understanding the issue, signs of human trafficking and what you can do.

What is it?
“Worldwide, human trafficking is used to have more than 20million victims any time. It is the second largest criminal industry in the world and the fastest growing. Just as it’s been an effective front for prostitution, massage therapy is a natural cover for criminals involved with human trafficking.” The impact of human trafficking on the massage therapy profession is undeniable, unfortunately tainting the industry by lumping it into the seedy massage parlor sector.

Signs of human trafficking in massage?
“One of the leading organizations in the fight against human trafficking says women found in brothels disguised as massage businesses typically live on-site where they are confined. Some of the most notable telltale signs of illicit activity are:
*all male clients arrive late into the night
*Women ‘working’ have long fingernails and may not wear appropriate attire.”

What can you do?
There are many things I need to do as a licensed massage therapist to keep myself safe and put distance between my services and the massage parlor businesses that are hijacking my industries legitimacy. You, as a consumer want to consider some of these too. Some are:
*Massage therapy businesses should operate legally by having all proper up to date state and national credentials. All should be displayed in an area that clients will see.
*Selecting a professional business name. The words used should reflect nothing but professionalism.
*Proper advertising venues should be carefully considered.

Human Trafficking Resources
International Justice Mission: www.ijm.org
Not for Sale: www.notforsalecampaign.org

One Response

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great blog.