The intentions sound noble: A 2009 California law created voluntary state certification for massage therapists, a move that made it easier for them to practice anywhere in the state. A number of cities reacted quickly, requiring that anyone opening a massage parlor show their new certification. LA, however, didn't ask to see proof ... and that's looking like a big mistake. It's now pretty easy to set up an erotic massage parlor in LA, as evidenced by the crop of them have popped up in the last two years.
There are a whopping 15 of them on a two-mile stretch of Eagle Rock Boulevard—one advertises "Sexy Pretty Asian Girls NOW," reports the LA Times. "My understanding is that the city has basically stopped regulating," says the head of the California Massage Therapy Council. "We have shared with them that this is unusual." One Eagle Rock businessman calls it 'sickening," adding, "if you sit on our patio, you can see about 30 to 40 men coming in and out of there. They stay for 15 to 20 minutes. I've never seen one woman walk in." A rep for a city councilman whose district includes Eagle Rock said they were talking to city officials about what to do next.