Massage parlor

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A massage parlor (American English), or massage parlour (Canadian/British English), is a place where massage services are provided.wikipedia
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Brothel

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Some massage parlors are front organizations for prostitution and the term "massage parlor" has also become a euphemism for a brothel. In the United Kingdom, prostitution itself is legal but activities such as pimping and owning or managing a brothel are not.
However, for legal or cultural reasons, establishments often describe themselves as massage parlors, bars, strip clubs, body rub parlours, studios, or by some other description.

Front organization

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Some massage parlors are front organizations for prostitution and the term "massage parlor" has also become a euphemism for a brothel.
Where brothels are illegal, criminal organizations set up front companies providing services such as a "massage parlor" or "sauna", up to the point that "massage parlor" or "sauna" is thought as a synonym of brothel in these countries.

Prostitution in the United Kingdom

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In the United Kingdom, prostitution itself is legal but activities such as pimping and owning or managing a brothel are not.
Many brothels in cities such as Manchester, London and Cardiff operate under the name "massage parlours".

Erotic massage

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In addition to a "happy ending" service, given the restrictions imposed upon most striptease venues, some erotic massage venues now also offer a service where the client can masturbate him or herself while watching an artist perform a striptease. Even though Thailand is rather well known for its unique spa experiences and particularly healthy and non-sexual traditional Thai massages, this section refers to a different type of massage parlor commonly associated with the term in Thailand, sexual massage.
An erotic and sexual massage may be provided by independent providers, providers of broader sexual services, or through organized massage parlors or brothels.

Happy Endings?

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The 2009 documentary Happy Endings? follows women who worked in the Asian massage parlors of Rhode Island.
Filmed over 27 months, it chronicles the lives of the women in massage parlors in Rhode Island during a battle in the state legislature to once again make prostitution illegal.

Prostitution

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Some massage parlors are front organizations for prostitution and the term "massage parlor" has also become a euphemism for a brothel. Particularly where prostitution is illegal, massage parlors (as well as saunas, spas or similar establishments) may be fronts for places of prostitution.
In the United States, massage parlors serving as a cover for prostitution may advertise "full service", a euphemism for coitus.

Prostitution in Rhode Island

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Prostitution in Rhode Island was legal at that time as long as it was "behind closed doors".
Two front page articles were published in the Providence Journal before the General Assembly returned for a special session, and Happy Endings? was released to the general public—a documentary on the Asian massage parlors in Rhode Island.

Handjob

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The film focuses on "full service" massage parlors, although "rub and tug" massage parlors (where only handjobs are offered) are also covered. In January 2011, an investigation by Time Out New York found New York City massage parlors charging a "house fee" (which is usually paid, up front to the parlor's mama-san) of $60 to $100 per visit, with an extra tip for the sex workers (usually around $40) for a massage and a basic “happy ending” (or manual stimulation of the penis until orgasm).
In massage parlors, a masseuse, whether as part of the massage itself or directly after it, may perform a handjob on their customer; this is known by the euphemism "happy ending".

Types of prostitution in modern Japan

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Fashion health, or health for short, is a form of massage parlor which circumvents Japanese anti-prostitution laws by offering a range of services that stop short of sexual intercourse.

Escort agency

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An ongoing study of the prostitution business in New York City by the Sociology Department of Columbia University found that, between 1991 and 2010, the rise of the Internet and mobile phones “have enabled some sex workers to professionalize their trade”, with a shift from street walking to "indoor" markets (including massage parlors and escort agencies), a geographical change in the concentration of sex work, and the growth of a more expensive luxury market.
Escort prostitution is one of the forms that the sex trade takes in the United Kingdom, along with prostitution practiced in massage parlors, saunas, private flats (such as the Soho walk-ups) and street prostitution.

Mama-san

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In January 2011, an investigation by Time Out New York found New York City massage parlors charging a "house fee" (which is usually paid, up front to the parlor's mama-san) of $60 to $100 per visit, with an extra tip for the sex workers (usually around $40) for a massage and a basic “happy ending” (or manual stimulation of the penis until orgasm).
Mamasan (sometimes abbreviated MMS) is also used in the United States to refer to the woman managing the staff of Asian massage parlors.

Human trafficking in the United States

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The penalty for breaking the law in these instances can be as high as life imprisonment in some cases, especially those that involve human trafficking.
Sex trafficking that occurs in Houston is not limited to taking place in strip clubs, spas, massage parlors, modeling studios, cantinas, and residential brothels in hotels, motels, apartments and houses.

Massage

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A massage parlor (American English), or massage parlour (Canadian/British English), is a place where massage services are provided.

British Medical Association

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In 1894 the British Medical Association (BMA) inquired into the education and practice of massage practitioners in London, and found that prostitution was commonly associated with unskilled workers and debt, often working with forged qualifications.

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

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In response, legitimate massage workers formed the Society of Trained Masseuses (now known as the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy), with an emphasis on high academic standards and a medical model for massage training.

Sauna

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Particularly where prostitution is illegal, massage parlors (as well as saunas, spas or similar establishments) may be fronts for places of prostitution.

Day spa

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Particularly where prostitution is illegal, massage parlors (as well as saunas, spas or similar establishments) may be fronts for places of prostitution.

Orgasm

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Alternatively, the massages at certain massage parlors may have a "happy ending", meaning that the massage ends with the client receiving a sexual release.

Kathmandu

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In Kathmandu's tourist district of Thamel, massage parlours typically advertise Thai massage, Ayurvedic massage or Nepalese "special massage".

Thamel

In Kathmandu's tourist district of Thamel, massage parlours typically advertise Thai massage, Ayurvedic massage or Nepalese "special massage".

Ayurveda

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In Kathmandu's tourist district of Thamel, massage parlours typically advertise Thai massage, Ayurvedic massage or Nepalese "special massage".

Prostitution in Nepal

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Prostitution in Nepal is illegal so the owners of such massage parlours do not explicitly solicit sex and the paying of police bribes is a customary part of the operation.

Thailand

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Even though Thailand is rather well known for its unique spa experiences and particularly healthy and non-sexual traditional Thai massages, this section refers to a different type of massage parlor commonly associated with the term in Thailand, sexual massage.

Spa

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Even though Thailand is rather well known for its unique spa experiences and particularly healthy and non-sexual traditional Thai massages, this section refers to a different type of massage parlor commonly associated with the term in Thailand, sexual massage.

Thai massage

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Even though Thailand is rather well known for its unique spa experiences and particularly healthy and non-sexual traditional Thai massages, this section refers to a different type of massage parlor commonly associated with the term in Thailand, sexual massage.