Officials push strict rules for massage therapy

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Health officials in a northern Indiana county want officials there to pass a measure aimed at preventing massage therapy from being used as a front for prostitution.

The South Bend Tribune reports the St. Joseph County Health Department wants the county council to require massage therapists to be certified by the State Board of Massage Therapy. To obtain a state license, they would have to pass a criminal background check, pass an examination and prove that they have completed at least 500 hours of training by a recognized program.

Health officials are responding to a police raid that shut down a local massage business.

Health officer Dr. Thomas Felger says the current ordinance allows unqualified people to obtain permits which they then use as a front for prostitution.

Information from: South Bend Tribune

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