Sex parlors masquerading as massage businesses are apparently a big problem in San Rafael. In fact, the city is spending $250,000 to crack down.
Authorities in Northern California said 18 people face dozens of felony charges, including pimping, after several massage parlors were shut down during a series of early-morning raids.
An undercover sweep of three Pleasant Hill massage parlors led to the arrests of three women suspected of prostitution, police said.
A San Francisco supervisor introduced legislation Tuesday that would establish new health and safety requirements for massage parlors in the city to prevent sexual and other illicit activity at the businesses.