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Yakima Mulls Stricter Massage Parlor License Laws After Raid

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YAKIMA, WA. -- There could be big changes coming to the way the City of Yakima handles business licenses for massage parlors. This, after police raided and shut down six of them last week. 


The city is planning to tighten up the requirements needed to open up a massage parlor after police raided 6 different locations around Yakima.


If the city council approves the changes, massage parlors owners would be required to show a form of picture ID, a medical practitioners license from the state and perform a criminal background check . All of this is much like what the city asks of taxi drivers or exotic dancers.


Even with the change, city manager Tony O'Rourke says it's very difficult to prevent fraudulent operations from opening up. They ask the public to help them out and report any suspicious behavior. 


"You think something doesn't seem right, contact us and we'll investigate and look into it," O'Rourke said. "But we certainly can add to our paperwork demands and certifications and checks but there's umpteenth different ways to get around that."


The city actually initiated this last raid after someone who lived in Yakima complained about the parlors to the city. Right now the city is working to officially remove the business licenses from these 6 massage parlors. That comes after a legal process is initiated sometime later this month. 


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