You Mean Licensing Massage Therapists Didn’t Stop Prostitution?

A few years ago the Colorado legislature imposed massage licensing on the pretext that it would stop “parlor” prostitution. My dad and I wrote about this.

You can imagine my surprise, then, upon reading the following Denver Post headline: “Accused madam in suburban spa prostitute ring surrenders.”

You mean licensing therapeutic massage didn’t stop parlor prostitution? What a shocker.

Of course the licensing scheme was never about stopping prostitution. It was about protecting existing massage therapists from competition and screwing consumers with higher prices.

Given the obvious failure of the licensing law to achieve its stated objective, will the legislature now repeal Title 12, Article 48.5, Sections 101 through 119, the “Massage Parlor Code?”

Of course not.