[Press Release] SF Legislation Passed

Not For Sale Sees Long-Awaited Legislation Passed in San Francisco

Crackdowns on Massage Parlors Means Help for the Fight Against Sex Trafficking in the City

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San Francisco, CA (June 29, 2009) —  Legislation to increase regulation of the massage parlor industry, introduced by San Francisco Supervisor Carmen Chu and Mayor Gavin Newsom, has been passed with a near unanimous vote. The Not For Sale Campaign began investigating modern-day slavery in San Francisco for over three years, identifying gaps in legislation that impeded city efforts to regulate and monitor the massage parlor industry (an extremely high-probability industry for sex trafficking).

The new legislation will increase transparency and provide additional regulation over the massage industry.  Not For Sale Campaign President, David Batstone, provided testimony in support of both pieces of legislation. This new legislation enhances the ability of the city to revoke licenses from high-probability industries and increases cooperation and dialogue between various regulating agencies, needed changes Batstone has advocated for since the inception of the Not For Sale Campaign.

About the San Francisco Legislation

Penalties for violation of Massage Practitioner Licensing and Regulation Ordinance:

This legislation, introduced by Mayor Gavin Newsom, will amend Health Code Sections 1918 and 1928 to increase the amount of control and regulation that exists over businesses within the massage parlor industry.  Section 1918 will be amended to require operating permits to be displayed in plane view to patrons and limit hours of operation for massage establishments to 7am-10pm, previously 7am-12am.   Section 1928 will be amended to increase fines for each violation of the health code and will extend the timeframe from 12 months to 24 months in which a massage establishment can have their license revoked if they are sited for three violations during this period.

Zoning-New Controls for Massage Establishments:

The legislation introduced by Supervisor Carmen Chu’s will amend Planning Code Sections 790.6, 890.6, and 218.1 to increase transparency and regulation over businesses selling massage services.  The legislation will amend the definition of massage establishments to include previously viewed “conditional use massage establishments” within the industry.  The planning code will be amended to require massages, other than chair massages, to be in plain view of the public and requires the Planning Commission to list criteria used to analyze conditional use permits for massages.

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