STATEHOUSE (Feb. 27, 2017) – The House of Representatives today voted 75-19 in support of State Rep. Ron Bacon’s (R-Chandler) bill that would help prevent sex trafficking in massage parlors around the state.
According to Bacon, massage therapists in Indiana currently work under a voluntary certification. This certification requires that individuals must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma, and have completed a massage therapy program. Since this is a voluntary process, a massage parlor is still allowed to operate without having this training and proper state certification.
“Recently in Indiana, six massage parlors were raided by police and 12 women were taken into custody after being victims of a sex trafficking ring,” Bacon said. “To prevent other cases where massage parlors conduct illegal business under the guise of a legitimate business, I am proposing a new law that would set a minimum of standards for safety, cleanliness and medical requirements for massage therapists who would also be licensed.”
House Bill 1289 would require at least 500 hours of supervised classroom and hands-on instruction at an approved massage therapy school. Bacon said this bill would also 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.
Bacon’s proposal now moves to the Senate for further consideration.
State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75,
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.
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