Police get help in massage parlor crackdowns

State leaders recently passed legislation to help police crack down on illegal massage parlors.

While the TranQuility spa in Norwalk advertises massage, city and state officials say the operation is known for selling sex. Police raided the spa weeks ago, arresting three women, but the business managed to stay open until Thursday. However, TranQuility was closed Friday morning, as police, lawmakers and News 12 Connecticut were present in the parking lot.

Earlier this week, both the state House and Senate passed a bill prohibiting anyone other than a licensed massage therapist from using or advertising under a masseuse title.

State Senator Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) says while places like TranQuility will most likely continue to operate under other names, offering different types of massage services, this latest legislation does help police in their crackdown.

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