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Disrupting IMBs

Overview

Illicit massage businesses (IMBs), more commonly known as “erotic massage parlors,” often act as fronts for human trafficking across the US. It’s estimated that there are 10,000 IMBs in the US and 300 in Ohio. In this report, we provide an overview of IMBs with a focus on Ohio. Ohio is unique in the US in that massage therapy is licensed and regulated by the state medical board, but non-medical, non-therapeutic, or “relaxation” massage operates with nearly zero oversight or regulation. This loophole in the law has contributed to the spread of IMBs that exploit primarily foreign workers for commercial sex and forced labor. We present the scope and scale of the issue, discuss intersectional causes and impacts, and provide a detailed examination of both state and municipal policies. The report concludes with an outline for taking action for community activists and a set of detailed policy recommendations for municipalities to reduce the amount of sex and labor exploitation and the number of IMBs in their regions.

*Indicated on this map are massage establishments that have been listed on erotic massage review websites Rubmaps.ch and Adultsearch.com. According to our assessment, we found 299 establishments listed between both sites dating back to 2012 that are located in the state of Ohio as of January 2021.

Disrupting IMBs Presentation

Tony Talbott (PhD(c) & MA) Bailey Johnson (BA)

Disrupting IMBs Presentation

Tony Talbott (PhD(c) & MA) Bailey Johnson (BA)

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