Surrey slams door on illegal massage parlours

The City of Surrey has cracked down on illegal massage parlours. -
The City of Surrey has cracked down on illegal massage parlours.
— image credit:

Surrey has shut down 18 illegal massage parlours in the last 18 months.

Surrey's crime reduction team has been working at putting the errant body rub parlours out of business over the past year-and-a-half, and has managed to shut them down at a rate of one per month.

The city has been cancelling licences at the businesses that had been permitted under the category of aestheticians, which includes stores such as nail studios.

That makes body massage an illegal use under the city's permit laws.

"They were across the city," said Coun. Barinder Rasode, chair of the city's public safety and crime reduction committees.

Surrey only grants permits for massage therapy clinics to professionals who are licensed through the Massage Therapists Association.

Illegal body rub parlours had been operating in the city for some time, but Surrey only recently learned they weren't properly permitted.

"When we became aware of them, and when we became aware of a way we were able to shut them down, we did," Rasode said. "We are a city of families, we have a licensing department that is based on our bylaws, and we don't welcome any business that's doing illegal activity."




We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Q&A: Ex-transportation ministers criticize referendum, discuss TransLink
Operation Red Nose ready to hit the road for another season
Seniors flu clinics may be reinstated
[UPDATE] High-risk missing woman found
Election 2014: Sole independent school trustee confident about new board
Brutal machete attack in North Van
Langley RCMP release sketch of hammer attacker
New councillor excited to represent Agassiz
Stolen $3,000 ring was graduation gift

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Nov 20 edition online now. Browse the archives.