City of Concord Supports Massage Therapist Assessment Examination to Help Reduce Prostitution & Human Trafficking

February 11, 2014 18:50 pm · 34 comments


Concord Mayor Tim Grayson, on behalf of the City of Concord, wrote a letter to Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez expressing his support for Assembly Bill (AB) 1147, which would require massage therapists to pass a massage & bodywork competency assessment examination before working in the State of California.

Mayor Grayson said “We believe this legislation is an important step in reducing the incidences of human trafficking and prostitution”.

To read more about AB1147, please click HERE.

PH res February 11, 2014 at 7:02 PM

I get massages in pleasant Hill, and I strongly disagree with this proposal.

NutCreek Frontier February 11, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Excellent idea…a step in the right direction to stop the evil of human trafficking…when is Pleasant Hill going to get serious about closing their brothels?

Just curious February 11, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Could it be possible, that a fully trained
therapeutic massage therapist, also be a
Prostitute. How will this help reduce prostitution?

chubby February 11, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Don’t know if this will make a dent in the world’s oldest profession. They’ll pretend they’re curb numeral painters if it helps them reach their customers. But I do think this could be some government regulation that we actually need. Massage therapy and body work in general should be an integral part of our health system. It is ridiculous that it’s practitioners have to swim through a swamp of suspicion, ignorance, and blokes looking a prostate release just to try and make a living at their trade. I wish the prostitutes would leave the massage therapists alone and go befoul some other vocation for a while. Maybe pretend they’re home inspectors or financial advisors or something.

Futurama February 11, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Looks like this could be the end of everyone’s happy endings.

Always Right February 11, 2014 at 7:49 PM

A tiny step in the right direction, but no substitute for aggressive police department enforcement and sting operations.

Massage parlors are one of many shady store front operations that are in Concord only because our reail areas are so under utilized and rents are so low. It is a negative reinforcing cycle.

J. February 11, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Who is Jason Gonsalves?

Really? February 11, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Why do you not just enforce the laws. The “massage parlors” as the rude “lady” in Concord’s planning department (she was referring to all massage therapists) where this is going on are very obvious! Do your job Concord PD, Mayor of Concord, DA etc.
I am tired of being scrutinized over and over while these illegal whore houses go on with no attention.
Mayor Grayson,
Clean up the brothels in the city! The laws exist so enforce them. Stop writing new ones when you cannot, will not and do not enforce the ones on the books. And if you really think that they will not get one legal person and hide the others then you need to really sit down with a bit of common sense.
Do your job please. Maybe other cities will follow suit.

P-Hill, get on board! February 11, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Pleasant hill needs to do something too. So called “Massage Parlors” are running rampant and unchecked

More info February 11, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Bill was introduced way back on Feb. 22, 2013
Type in bill number AB1147 into search box and hit search.

Really? February 11, 2014 at 9:49 PM

@Chubby #4 Thank you! Exactly! The hoops we jump through could easily be considered discriminatory.

unknown February 11, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Make it legal. Sex is sex and nothing the law can do will stop it.

VikingPrincess February 11, 2014 at 10:30 PM

#4 Chubby
Could not agree more.
Massage is regulated by the police department. Weird considering the fact that it is therapeutic. It is still considered entertainment.

Those who are legitimately behind this art should pull up the bar too and have accredited agencies visit yearly to ensure standards. Until then its the coppers. Have no idea how they monitor, unless its only by compliant.

Some cities do not allow any massage therapists. I am glad the cities in my community do.

anon February 11, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Qualified, competent massage therapists spend a great deal of time and money learning their craft. They have associations they can join which give them the credibility. This proposal is just a way for the state to take a cut from the already heavily taxed pay of massage therapists. This law won’t fix anything nor give police tools that they don’t already have in their jurisdiction.

mee February 12, 2014 at 6:12 AM

prostitution needs to be legalized and regulated, controlled, and zoned properly. And crack down hard on illegal prostitution. Taxed. Like marijuana, legalizing it is just the lessor of two evils imo and an “if you can’t beat em, join em” scenario.

Russ February 12, 2014 at 6:43 AM

I would like to volunteer to be the recipient of the “test” massages.
“Yes, you pass”
“Yes, you pass”
“No, you fail as a massage therapist, therefore you must be a lady of the night”

The Mamba February 12, 2014 at 6:44 AM

I could really go for a massage right now.

bigdaddy February 12, 2014 at 7:01 AM

hopefully there will be a happy ending to this story

WC February 12, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Someone trying to ‘pad’ their resume by writing a bill and another writing a letter of support and cc’ing everyone to show they are active. It’s a bunch of BS, show me the metric they will use to measure the effectiveness of this bill. Can’t manage what you can’t measure.

CITY O CONCORD February 12, 2014 at 8:19 AM


CITY O CONCORD February 12, 2014 at 8:19 AM


GGG February 12, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Prostitution is not going to go away – it needs to be legalized to keep women safe. Let them manage their work and their own lives. There are, unfortunately, plenty of “massage” establishments where girls and young women are being abused. This bill will make it harder for scum bags to take advantage of women.

Anon February 12, 2014 at 8:59 AM

This bill won’t fix a thing, it is just another waste of time legislation from the lifetime politicians.

Malice In Wonderland February 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM

So instead of just surprise-inspecting the facilities they will implement testing requirements state-wide. And just how will they ensure that therapists are following the rules? By inspecting the facilities of course. See what I did there?

Chuckie's Wife February 12, 2014 at 9:28 AM

To run a business, you need a business license. That’s the point where the city/county can check if the business is legit or not. Don’t want a massage parlor? Deny the license. Of course it will not stop the person seeking a license from going to another city or county. Also, I have no idea how this would be enforced once an operator has a license? How would the state check that all the employees are duly licensed?

VikingPrincess February 12, 2014 at 10:19 AM

You got it! Sad but true. Someone should write the cc times that is a therapist and educate.

Most are required to post their license, at least I see them posted up.

Either way, ask before making an appointment. If not, then don’t support, Mr n Mrs consumer.

Idiocracy February 12, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Prostitution is already legal its called the dating scene = dinner, movie, coffee, alcohol, travel, gas, flowers, Purses and jewelry, clothes and various other gifts (only if she’s special) etc.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg, then you factor in Time and effort. Then there’s the mental emotional aspect of dealing with someone new.
The real tough part with todays dating is communication. That and the double standards and stupid Iphones that are making ppl adhd. So its no wonder people pay to play- Not that I would – but the bar scene is like the Texas chainsaw massacre, filled with the devils rejects lol … The horror …
So ugly fat guys, or just ugly, or just busy/bored guys gave up on trying to listen to modern woman yap for 30 minutes about the pottery barn or some useless media induced subject, blah blah blah like I care (show me the goods) lol … Most of us are working hard to get by so ladies stop making it so hard to get with you. Stop lol and be upfront on where things are going please …. Honestly id be too scared to roll the dice n risk getting herpes from a call girl or massage job lady.

Hump Day February 12, 2014 at 12:56 PM


Haven’t been on a date in years, nor am I in “any position to be dating.”

Dating was fun when you’re young (high, school, college, etc.) As an adult, from what I’ve heard from others, it can be a real pain. Glad I’m not part of the dating scene. It would be “inappropriate.”

Perhaps some people are better off single. Men and women both.

As far as prostitution and human trafficking, I’m very against it. I hope this bill helps.

SteveDave37 February 12, 2014 at 1:27 PM

I hear you can buy guns as massage parlors too.

SteveDave37 February 12, 2014 at 1:27 PM

I hear you can buy guns at massage parlors too.

Always Right February 12, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Not only massage therapists should be licensed, but anyone engaging in conjugal activities should be licensed.

It is called a marriage license.

VikingPrincess February 12, 2014 at 3:49 PM

LOL.. you guys are crazy fun

Hey, this type of stuff is good for your health and well being. I think it should be considered health maintenance for relaxation in healthcare. If they are open to Alternative Medicine they should offer this for folks in chronic pain, hypertension and more. Not just for physical therapy.
Most people don’t know how to relax. Massage will help.

Only go to licensed professional services.

My first month as a PH resident I went to one that smelled so strong of perfume I had to run out. No matter, no one was there any days at the desk. Wonder where they were? Hmm. Then I tried next door. The woman was very rough and didn’t pay attention to me because she was busy on her iPhone I’m and out of the room. I almost left but it was a surprise gift and my hubby had dropped me off. Disappointment…. but it was very cheap.
Found a better place where prices are reasonable and the therapists are long timers –
American tub and spa. You can sit in hot tub before the massage.

I love soft bodywork. 🙂

C February 12, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Almost done attending school for massage, thanks to all the shady people making it more difficult for us to do our thing.

old concord February 12, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Protect the public or government needs to know everything .and charge a small fee .

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