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Henderson Cites, Shuts Down 7 Massage Parlors

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Sunset Spa was among the businesses that were cited. Sunset Spa was among the businesses that were cited.

HENDERSON, NV. -- Seven massage parlors in the City of Henderson have been shut down for violating laws aimed at curbing prostitution.

Henderson police said they checked the city's 39 licensed massage and reflexology parlors on Monday and Tuesday after receiving complaints that some of the businesses were breaking the rules or advertising 24-hour service.

The city requires massage businesses to close at 10 p.m., and bars them from blocking the view inside with window coverings or tints.

Police said the seven businesses that were cited had violated one or both of the provisions. They're not allowed to reopen until they meet with the city's business license manager.

"It's part of an on going effort by the City of Henderson to ensure there isn't any elicit activity going on inside the massage parlors or reflexology businesses," Henderson Police Spokesperson Keith Paul said. "What they found these businesses were open past 10 p.m. or they had obstructions in their windows such as shades, or dark tinting, we didn't allow someone from the outside to view inside the business."

The following businesses were cited:

  • 7 Sunny Massage, 256 E. Lake Mead Parkway
  • Sunbright Massage & Spa, 1628 W. Warm Springs Road
  • #8 Foot Reflexology, 1643 W. Warm Springs Road
  • Ling Spa, 1690 W. Sunset Road
  • The Spa YI, 4011 E. Sunset Road
  • Sunset Spa, 4130 E. Sunset Road
  • Sunshine Massage, 594 N. Stephanie Street.

In the past, the massage parlors have been targeted for prostitution and other sex acts for paying customers according to police. Authorities didn't find any of those acts taking place as violations of the city's business codes were the only infractions.

The City of Henderson's rules are an effort to crack down on massage parlors that operate as a front for prostitution.

(Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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