Wichita considers regulating massage businesses to combat human trafficking

This massage parlor was one of several that were under investigation in 2010. The city of Wichita will consider licensing massage businesses in an effort to help crack down on human trafficking. File photo Eagle file photo

This massage parlor was one of several that were under investigation in 2010. The city of Wichita will consider licensing massage businesses in an effort to help crack down on human trafficking. File photo Eagle file photo

Scattered throughout the Wichita area – in the suburbs and strip malls and across the street from a school – red neon signs offer massages.

Inside some of these businesses, money changes hands for sex, police say.

Wichita police say they’ve had complaints since 2013 of some massage businesses that sell sexual acts and that some of these businesses are engaged in human trafficking.

Now police are asking city leaders to consider creating a city ordinance to regulate all massage businesses in the hopes of reducing human trafficking.

In 2015, police conducted 24 investigations and arrested 22 people on suspicion of human trafficking at massage parlors, according to city documents.

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