Toronto’s black masseuses are being asked to leave the city for the first time in years after a city-wide boycott.
The city has been accused of racism and sexism in the wake of the death of the black masseur whose death prompted a city council vote last week to close the Toronto massage parlour.
The ban comes after complaints about the “black cat,” which was allegedly used to lure customers to the massage parlor, led to a campaign to get rid of the cat and shut down the business.
(CBC News) “I want to say to anyone who wants to do something about it, if you can’t take care of yourself, you’re going to have to leave,” said the woman who identified herself only as Missy.
“It’s time to put an end to this.”
She said she was forced to leave her condo, where she lives with her parents and two brothers, in May after the owner reported seeing the cat in the hallway.
It was reported to the Toronto Police Service, but the force did not act.
“I had a lot of concerns, because the cat was so vicious,” said Missy, who is also a licensed massage therapist.
“So I called the police and I said, ‘There is a cat on my condo floor.
It’s biting me, and I’m afraid it’s going to bite me, too.’
In June, the city council voted to close Toronto’s massage parLIVE news video from the event. “
They did an inspection and found a cat there and they did call the police, and it was the same cat, just bigger.”
In June, the city council voted to close Toronto’s massage parLIVE news video from the event.
In a news release, city councillor Mike Layton said the decision was taken as a response to the “unnecessary public backlash” against black masseurs and black women in the massage industry.
The decision came after an online petition, which attracted more than 3,500 signatures, urging Layton to ban black masseusers from the city.
The petition was endorsed by a group of black women, including Missy and a local Toronto-based therapist, who said they felt unsafe when they visited the spa.
“We have been told that the cats are dangerous and that they are going to attack people and that people are going on the phone with them,” said Lillian Lee, a massage therapist and former employee of the spa, in an interview with CBC Toronto.
“If you can see that you’re not safe, then you’re out.”
But Missy said she felt more comfortable with a black massage therapist who did not have a cat.
“He is more human, more loving,” she said.
“That is a plus.
He is the best masseuse that I have ever met.”
The ban came after complaints from black massage therapists and black customers.
“The masseuses that are being forced to move are not being welcomed back to the city,” said Jasmine Davis, executive director of the Black Canadian Association of Therapists.
Davis said many black people do not want to move to the GTA, but many white people do, and many black and brown people do.
“A lot of times people who don’t feel comfortable in Toronto do not feel comfortable around black people.
It is very uncomfortable to have your home and your community threatened,” she added.
“And this is just the tip of the iceberg.”
Black masseuses in Toronto have complained about the cat The city said last week that the cat had been removed from the massage business after complaints and was being evaluated by animal health authorities.
But the owners of the massage salon did not agree.
“There has been a lot more concern about the safety of the cats and the fact that there is no cat that is allowed in the premises,” said Torontonians for Fair Treatment of Black Massagers (FMTAM).
“The cats are being removed and we are getting a review from Animal Health Services.
The cats are very sick.
They have respiratory issues.
They are vomiting.
The city says the city-owned spa has not been in business for more than two years. “
But we are a safe place, and we have people that are very patient with us.”
The city says the city-owned spa has not been in business for more than two years.
But Misszys husband, the masseuse who has worked there for more 25 years, said the cat has been around since 1997.
“Every day, we get a call from the cat.
And I don’t want to get into any more details, but sometimes we see the cat coming down the stairs,” said her husband, Mr. Michael.
“One day we would be on our way to the office and we would see the animal.
And we would say, ‘Oh, this is the cat?’
And he would say yes, he has the cat,” he said.
The couple, who have lived in the neighbourhood for 30 years, are also concerned about the cats.