Illicit activities at BK massage parlors sparks call for crackdown on new ones opening

Lawmakers are trying to stop new day spas from opening in Brooklyn.

Lawmakers are trying to stop new day spas from opening in Brooklyn. (8/2/13)

BROOKLYN - Lawmakers are looking to halt the opening of new massage parlors in Brooklyn after several were forced to close due to illicit activities.

Shirley Day Spa in Bay Ridge is just one massage parlor that was forced to close. An investigation by the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office found that some customers were getting more than just massages.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis created new legislation aimed at insuring so-called day spas that are providing standard services and not prostitution.

Parts of the bill call for regulating hours and closing spas with excessive noise. In addition, spas would be forced to close if the owner is convicted of a felony.

The new legislation will be introduced to the state Legislature in January.

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