California Massage Therapy Council Working to Help Address Illegitimate Massage Establishments

Tue Feb 5, 2013 10:44pm EST

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  SACRAMENTO, CA, Feb 05 (Marketwire) -- 
As California communities such as Eagle Rock continue to struggle with
the issue of illegitimate massage establishments, the California Massage
Therapy Council (CAMTC) is committed to working closely with local
officials -- including the LAPD Police Commission and the L.A. City
Attorney's Office -- to set up protocols ensuring maximum effectiveness
of local law enforcement efforts against these illegitimate
establishments. In addition, CAMTC-sponsored legislation that went into
effect January 1, 2013 will make it easier to shut down illicit massage
establishments, and CAMTC is currently evaluating further legislation to
improve the 2009 state massage law -- now known as California Business
and Professions Code Section 4600 et seq., or simply B&P 4600 --
regarding massage therapist certification in California. 

    CAMTC is committed to ensuring that massage therapy can no longer be used
as a subterfuge for illegal behavior. The state massage law created CAMTC
to protect the public by implementing a fair, rigorous and effective
statewide certification process to protect consumers against illegitimate
practitioners. The law is intended to work in conjunction with local
oversight of massage establishments.

    "California residents should not be subjected to this illegal behavior in
their communities," said CAMTC CEO Ahmos Netanel. "Illegitimate massage
establishments that cater to prostitution and, in many cases are
responsible for human trafficking, absolutely need to be closed down in
California communities at large."

    The CAMTC certification process was created with the intent to help local
governments ensure that massage therapy is not used as a subterfuge to
violate the penal code, and does not prohibit local municipalities from
enacting ordinances regarding massage establishments. CAMTC supports and
cooperates with local governments and law enforcement agencies in their
efforts to prohibit the existence of illicit massage parlors.

    To find more information about CAMTC and statewide massage professional
certification, visit www.camtc.org or read the Frequently Asked Questions.

    

CONTACT: 
CAMTC Media Line
310-552-4197
media@camtc.org 

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