A massage parlor
is a business where customers can receive a massage
. In most therapeutic massages, the genitalia or intimate parts of the body are not touched at all and remain covered by a drape, which may be a towel or a sheet.
Sometimes the term is synonymous with brothel as the term "massage" may be used as a euphemism for paid sexual favours. In many countries and regions, particularly (but not limited to), New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, South Korea, the Philippines, and San Francisco some brothels advertise themselves as "massage parlours". However, while both offer some form of sexual service, the two are not always the same.
, while massage parlours
are opening at a very high rate, 70% of these are actually brothels. Their telephone numbers are advertised in many daily newspapers. A complete listing is also found at http://kenyaraha.net .If potential customers ask, "Are there extra
services?", the employee will inform them if this is the case. Such establishments usually charge around 25 US dollars per hour massage, and 50 US dollars with full service.
Even though Thailand
is rather well-known for its unique spa
experience and particularly healthy and non-sexual traditional Thai massage
, this section refers to the most mentioned type of massage parlors when thinking of the term in Thailand, Sexual massage. There are three kinds of massage parlours, all of them were originally copied from those in Japan during 1960s, though now the forms have changed through time. One offers the common massage from parlor girls. The second kind has body-course (B-course) girls who massage men with their naked bodies. Both have women in certain uniforms generally sitting behind a glass-window in a showroom which is also known as a fish tank or aquarium. The last kind are called sidelines, with women normally sitting outside a fish tank. The girls tend to not wear common clothes because they work in more than one place. Moreover, they are usually university students or office workers who work at the parlor at night. The minimum age is 18 years old. The girls are checked internally twice a month for HIV and have an external HIV test every 2 or 3 months. New employees must have an HIV test before beginning to work and condom usage is mandatory.
The parlours normally open from noon until midnight with some exceptions. Prices vary, depending on age, general appeal, rooms, facilities, how long she has worked, etc. They can be between US $10 to US $200 per 30 minutes, one hour or go even higher in case of nude models or B-graded actresses.
Massage Parlors in New Zealand often (legally) offer sexual services. Chinese massage parlours are common, but establishments with woman of various races can also be found.
, which has been called the "massage parlour capital of the UK, has over 80 parlours openly advertising
sexual services in the local newspapers
. Reporters for the Manchester Evening News
state that the police generally ignore these brothels, focusing instead on reducing street prostitution
On October 12 2005 the Evening News reported that "A self-confessed pimp walked free from court after a judge was told police had 'turned a blind eye' to organised prostitution in massage parlours in Manchester.
In December 2007 the Manchester Evening News removed all advertisements for massage parlours from its personal columns. The move follows a meeting between ministers and newspaper and advertising industry representatives. It followed comments by Harriet Harman, Minister for Women and Equality, in the House of Commons on October 25 that some local newspapers were promoting slavery by running sex adverts for foreign women.
The meeting between the government and news and advertising industries, chairman by Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker, included Ms Harman, Margaret Hodge, Hodge, a junior minister at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Solicitor General Vera Baird, Newspaper Society Director David Newell, Christopher Graham from the Advertising Standards Authority, Baroness Buscombe of the Advertising Association and Roger Wisbey of the Committee of Advertising Practice.
Mr Coaker said after the meeting, on November 1: "We agreed a number of important steps today, and will continue to work together.
"The Government will continue to work with the Police and Local Authorities, and the Newspaper Society has committed to strengthen its guidance to local papers on what adverts to accept, and to raise awareness of this link to trafficking.
"This is just one strand of a range of initiatives, which together will work to eradicate this intolerable trade once and for all."
As in Manchester, sexual services are openly advertised in the local newspapers and online for massage parlors. These ads claim the girls working at these establishments offer a "full service
" massage, to get customers to come in and often even have promotions advertising "two for one" prices.
Some massage parlors operate from suites in commercial establishments while others operate from within a residential house. Details for the "full service" massage are usually only given in person and generally they include a massage as well as sexual services, vaginal and or oral. Generally the customers are presented to the masseuses who are in a line up, wearing skimpy clothing or lingerie. Other times, the customer is shown the massage parlor facilities first, then told about the details of the "full service" massage and finally the masseuses parade in to a room, one at time, so the customer can make a selection.
The massage session can include an actual massage, if the customer prefers, but it can also be omitted for more time spent receiving sexual services. Generally, these massage sessions come with a time limit which depends on the amount spent by the customer. The use of condoms is normally encouraged by the women providing the massages, but sometimes the women offer bareback sexual services in exchange for an additional tip or the client will request this service offering a tip. Some massage parlors and or masseuses also offer their clients a bath or shower after the massage and/or sexual service(s). This service can be offered with or without the presence and assistance of the masseuse.
In Toronto, massage parlors are now beginning to call themselves "holistic centres", and branching out to aromatherapy
, but 75% of them will still offer sexual services. Nevertheless, places that offer massages (called "body rubs" in Toronto legal jargon) are licensed and regulated differently than places offering "complementary touch therapies", such as shiatsu, and those who offer these services resent the possibility of being categorized with massage parlors.
Other cities in Canada
In Canada, some Massage Parlors compete with brothels and escort agencies in providing sexual services. Laws, and the level of enforcement on sex trade restrictions, differ from one region to another. Vancouver and Hamilton have many unregulated massage parlours as well as escort agencies. Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Niagara Falls have many regulated massage parlors and a few unlicensed ones. Montreal has several massage parlors but is dominated by escorts visiting hotels.
38 states and the District of Columbia
require some type of licencing for massage therapists.
Many interstate massage parlors exist that cater to lonely truck drivers and travelers.