OKLAHOMA CITY — Operating out of strip mall storefronts with drawn curtains, some Oklahoma City massage parlors offer more than just rubdowns.
A new state law that took effect May 1 requires massage therapists to obtain licenses and sets minimum training requirements, but some say the law doesn’t go far enough to prevent prostitution and human trafficking within the industry.
The new law requires massage therapists to obtain a license from the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering. However, there are still no state licensing requirements for massage parlor establishments or their owners.
“Licensing the businesses absolutely would help,” said Michael Snowden, agent-in-charge of the Human Trafficking Division for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control.