Clark County Vancouver study massage firms

first_imgClark County and Vancouver city officials are taking a look at local business licensing and exploring code changes to prevent illicit massage businesses from flourishing in Southwest Washington.Shumway neighborhood leaders Lisa Ghormley, Michele Wollert and Anne McEnerny-Ogle, who is also a Vancouver city councilor, drew attention to the issue after a foot massage business moved into their neighborhood.The neighbors suspected illegal activity at the business, including prostitution, and turned to the Vancouver Police Department for help. Vancouver police are now investigating the business after police allegedly found a woman practicing reflexology without a license, a misdemeanor, during an unannounced inspection.The Columbian’s front-page Sunday story, “Foot massage under suspicion,” detailed the neighbors’ suspicions and the police action at the Shumway business. The business closed in the days before The Columbian story was published.“We haven’t eliminated the problem,” McEnerny-Ogle said Thursday. “We have moved it, and it will pop up somewhere else if it hasn’t already.”last_img read more

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