Police shut down massage parlor for prostitution

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published November 28, 2017

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TROY — Police closed down a massage facility at 1709 Rochester Road, north of Maple Road, Nov. 14 after officers discovered an unlicensed masseuse — a 31-year-old Flushing, New York, woman — allegedly conducting a sex act with a 56-year-old Clinton Township man.

Troy Police Department Sgt. Meghan Lehman said Troy police “developed information” that illegal activity was going on at the facility. 

Police issued the Clinton Township man a misdemeanor citation for “frequenting a house of ill fame” and released him at the scene. 

The masseuse was arrested and charged with prostitution and violation of the massage license ordinance. The facility’s license was suspended as a result. 

Last month, the City Council enacted stricter guidelines for massage facilities that will take effect Jan. 1. These include requiring more thorough background checks for employees at massage facilities, requiring that businesses maintain a list of employees and their duties that must be updated within 10 days of a new hire, and requiring that facilities allow police to do random inspections during regular business hours to ensure compliance. 

Also, the city may suspend licenses for unlawful acts and for facilities that refuse to let city officials inside for inspection. 

An owner for the facility could not be reached for comment by press time.