Wed., February 17, 2010 4:52pm (EST)

Macon Looking at Massage Parlor Rules
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 4 years ago

MACON, Ga  —  
photo courtesy freeweb
photo courtesy freeweb
In the last year and a half police in Macon have raided and closed several massage parlors because of suspected prostitution. But the so-called Asian spas keep opening back up. Proposed new rules could change that.

Macon has 22 Asian massage parlors. That's more per capita than places like San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Officials say the people who operate them know the city and Bibb County do not have the ordinances in place to make it difficult to stay in business.

Now Bibb County wants to change the rules. County Commissioner Joe Allen says the new ordinance would require spa owners to get a business license, undergo background checks, and give references. He says residents should expect a vote March 2nd.

"We told them we were going to put it on the fast track. We did put it on the fast track, and it will be law in two weeks."

Allen says the City of Macon, where most of the spas are located has yet to pass such an ordinance.