S.F. Massage Parlors Want to Operate as Bathhouses


By Neal Broverman

Two massage parlors in the Tenderloin neighborhood, previously closed down for prostitution, are applying for permits to do business as bathhouses.

Residents of San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood are not happy with what's going on at two area massage parlors, which are in the process of obtaining permits to operate as bathhouses.

Two massage parlors, one on Geary Street and another on Jones Street, previously had their permits revoked for "illegal activity" related to "prostitution, human trafficking, and sex slavery." The new businesses that now occupy the former parlors, Villa Aroma and Total Comfort Spa, are still up to no good, according to locals. Now, the businesses are trying to get permits to operate as bathhouses, reports the San Francisco Examiner. It's not clear what clientele the parlors cater to — gay or straight or either — but online reviews indicate that at least Villa Aroma still caters to those seeking "full release" or other sexual dalliances.

The police department is currently reviewing eight applications for bathhouses in the city of San Francisco. The city has a total of 150 licensed massage parlors.

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