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Why police use sting operations to bust massage parlors.

Criminal defense lawyers in the Valley from Bakersfield in Kern County to Modesto in Stanislaus County know the deal with massage parlors and law enforcement.

Massage parlors are basically harmless little oases. But there are a lot of them; they brazenly operate in plain view. Why do the cops allow this? Isn't it prostitution and isn't THAT illegal?

Yeah. But:

  1. Cops have better things to do. Most of them probably don't think "massage" is an evil thing.
  2. Massage Parlors are not so easy to bust, requiring sting operations that tie up valuable personnel; when busts are made, and a massage parlor closes, there is a brief hoopla followed by the grand opening of two more dens of iniquity within 100 yards. What's the point?
  3. Is it really prostitution or just a massage gone awry (in a good way)? I'm not gonna answer that...how would I know?
  4. Getting legalesee, prostitution is the exchange of sex for money. At a massage parlor, the service offered is massage. That's what you pay for. The sex, such as it is, is not for money. It's for world peace. That's my defense and I'm sticking to it.

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