LA, CA — It’s one of the world’s hottest markets for luxury massage parlors, but it can also be a nightmare for consumers, who have been hit hard by a string of deadly incidents involving masseuses.
The most recent is a death in the Los Angeles area in February that caused widespread concern about safety.
“The industry has to work hard to keep the customers safe,” said Melissa Schreiber, president of massage therapist and sex-worker education company My Body Matters.
“You don’t want to be on a pedestal.”
And the lure of a spa can also cause consumers to become complacent.
The Los Angeles Police Department reported that at least 25 people were shot, most of them fatally, between January 1 and March 31, a rate of more than 30 people per day, according to its annual data.
In the wake of the January 6 shooting at a massage parlor in Culver City, the city was among the cities hit hardest by a rash of deadly attacks on massage parlers, with three deaths.
The deadliest incident was a stabbing in April that killed a 37-year-old massage therapist, and another was a shooting in November that left two people dead and injured two others.
A total of 25 people have been shot, nearly all of them fatal, since the start of 2018, according the L.A. County Coroner’s Office.
“It’s a difficult business to manage,” said Lisa Schreib, president and CEO of My Body Issues, which operates a franchise in Culmont Park and Pasadena.
“A lot of people think it’s a safe environment, but when you’re dealing with so many people, there’s a high risk of injuries.”
The state of California has been taking steps to address concerns about safety at its massage parls, but the state has struggled to provide any specific guidelines for safe use.
In February, California enacted legislation requiring that massage therapists be licensed and have background checks to be in business.
In addition, the state requires the massage parla to provide training and have safety equipment on premises.
While state law also mandates that massage parlaments be staffed by licensed medical professionals, state Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, said he’s not sure how that would be enforced.
“When the massage industry is operating in a very dangerous and unsafe environment, it doesn’t make sense to me,” he said.
“I can understand the need to protect the public, but what about the safety of the people working there?”
The L.C.S.B. has no jurisdiction over massage parles in California, so its officials are not able to enforce the laws that protect them.
“This isn’t a situation where we’re doing enforcement for no reason,” said Sharon Haines, deputy state attorney general.
“Our job is to keep a safe and safe environment for the people who are doing their jobs, and when we can, we’ll enforce the law.”
A spokesperson for the California Nurses Association, which represents California’s massage parlas, said its members are encouraged by the state’s legislation.
“We look forward to working with legislators and health care providers to ensure that every member is treated with respect and safety, and that they are treated with dignity,” said Nancy Rios.
In July, California became the first state to require that massage-related safety training be provided at massage parLs.
The LASD says it has a “tough love” policy for massage parlifters.
“If someone is doing an inappropriate massage and it goes bad, the first thing that we do is tell the person to stop doing that, said Lt.
Then we get the person in a safety seat, and we talk to them and work with them to see if they can improve.” “
Once we have a problem, we call a supervisor.
Then we get the person in a safety seat, and we talk to them and work with them to see if they can improve.”
In addition to the licensing requirement, the LACSA says that all massage parlees must wear a mask and are asked to wear gloves at all times.
It also encourages the use of “self-defense” training, which includes talking about “the risks of physical harm or bodily injury.”
The LCA also says it’s encouraging massage therapists to take safety training classes, but only after they have received it from their therapists and have met with them.
For Schreifer, who has been working for the company for almost a decade, that doesn’t always happen.
“Even though it’s not mandatory, it’s just something I always say, ‘I’m going to have to take this class if I want to continue,'” she said.
“[My massage therapist] is always trying to make sure I’m on top of it, and it’s important that we all keep that in mind.”
But for some, it can be a struggle to keep up with all the training and safety regulations.
“Somebody who is not certified in the industry, who’s not certified by the industry to be able to