The city had slapped a moratorium on new massage parlors while it developed a downtown specific plan, which was approved by the City Council several weeks ago. The council is scheduled to review a proposed ordinance Tuesday that would lift that ban so massage parlors can apply again. They also would be required to display a notice from the Department of Justice warning that human trafficking and slavery are illegal. Police have tried to crack down on massage parlors in recent years, sometimes going undercover in sting operations to catch those doing illegitimate business or serving as fronts for prostitution.
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Berkeley — The City Council voted to close two massage parlors Tuesday night whose female employees were giving their male customers much, much more than back rubs, investigators say. More closures are expected. Daniels said the massage parlor owners, who operate a lucrative cash-only business, are tenacious.