Baconís bill preventing sex trafficking at massage parlors heads to governor

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Monday, April 17, 2017 9:15 am

STATEHOUSE (April 17, 2017) – State Rep. Ron Bacon’s (R-Chandler) bill preventing sex trafficking in massage parlors could soon be law.

According to Bacon, 12 women were taken into custody recently after being victims of sex trafficking at six massage parlors in Indiana..

“Massage therapists currently work under a voluntary certification,” Bacon said. “Since this is a voluntary process, a massage parlor is still allowed to operate without having proper training and state certification. This bill would set a minimum of standards for safety, cleanliness and medical requirements for massage therapists who would also need to be licensed. This licensure will add an extra step in keeping Hoosiers safe and cut down on the illegal acts of sex trafficking.”

Bacon said this bill would define massage therapy as a health care service involving the external manipulation or pressure of soft tissue of the skin for the purposes of enhancing health, providing muscle relaxation, increasing range of motion, reducing stress, relieving pain and improving the patient’s circulation.

“The safety of all Hoosiers is a top priority,” Bacon said. “This legislation would require at least 500 hours of supervised classroom and hands-on instruction at an approved massage therapy school.”

House Enrolled Act 1289 now heads to the governor for consideration as a new law.

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State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75,
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

A high-resolution photo of Bacon can be downloaded by clicking here.