This is not what most people want from “bring your daughter to work day.” A mother-daughter duo composed of Anne Dodge, 55, and Jennifer Dodge, 30, were arrested for alleged prostitution at their home in Sarasota, Florida. Police alleged that they ran an unlicensed massage parlor offering sexual favors. The charges have an interesting element, as discussed below.
The mother and daughter ran ads in Backpage.com. The mother promised “I am a beautiful, talented, licensed massage therapist whom God uses to bring his healing energy to you and bring you to a whole new level of ecstasy.”
What was interesting is that Anne’s charges include two counts of unlicensed practice of a health care profession. Since police allege that the massage parlor was a front, it will be interesting if defense counsel challenges that charge. They may have been offering massages to some clients. In Florida, it appears that massages are included among health care professions. The state codes states:
480.032 Purpose.—The Legislature recognizes that the practice of massage is potentially dangerous to the public in that massage therapists must have a knowledge of anatomy and physiology and an understanding of the relationship between the structure and the function of the tissues being treated and the total function of the body. Massage is therapeutic, and regulations are necessary to protect the public from unqualified practitioners. It is therefore deemed necessary in the interest of public health, safety, and welfare to regulate the practice of massage in this state; however, restrictions shall be imposed to the extent necessary to protect the public from significant and discernible danger to health and yet not in such a manner which will unreasonably affect the competitive market.
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Ha, ‘not to unreasonably affect the competitive market.’ Who decides that? Here come the judge.
I wonder if there was a discount for a two-for …….
That was likely denied to the wrong customer.
Maybe we could “medicalize” prostitution under the rubric of “sex therapy,” by making such “sex therapists” licensed practitioners without running afoul of the old dichotomy between public versus private goods; since we would only exclude unlicensed practitioners from the provider pool for sex-therapy services while the licensed practitioners exclude free-riders from the beneficiary pool for sex-therapy services.
It is therefore deemed necessary in the interest of public health, safety, and welfare to regulate the practice of massage in this state; however, restrictions shall be imposed to the extent necessary to protect the public from significant and discernible danger to health and yet not in such a manner which will unreasonably affect the competitive market.
As mentioned by others, where is the victim? Secondly, without complaints, wouldn’t the licensing requirement be an unreasonable restriction affecting the competitive market?
Licensing requirements are unreasonable by definition . They are anti-free market and are examples of government rather than protecting your rights, that of government becoming the criminal and interfering with your rights. Wasn’t the promise of a Republic that the rights of the minority would be protected under law from the wishes of the majority?
I do believe the fundamental purpose for government is to secure rights. I don’t believe however that licensing requirements are unreasonable. In the case of this profession, there should be sufficient cause to license and just don’t see it. In the airline pilot profession, it is absolutely reasonable to establish licensing standards. Overall, the requirements should err on the least restrictive necessary to secure the rights of everyone equally.
When are people going to quit accepting an illegitimate/criminal government that tramples rights rather than protecting them? The only people that should be in trouble are the order followers in blue. They should be locked up under USC title 18 sections 241 and 242. What ever happened to the promise that a :”republic” would protect the rights of the minority?
Tell that to people whose backs and necks are screwed up from morons who don’t know how to give a proper massage. At some point so-called libertarians need to grow up and realize that some things in life have to be regulated in order to ensure the public health and safety. That is common sense.
Why is this a crime? Who is the victim?
Years ago there was Asian massage parlor operating a few towns away. It was considered the safest place to be. Why? All the clients were off duty cops & firefighters.
I would not want to pork either one. Even if it was free. Both are too old.
Ferguson Peet – sounds like you are ah ageist. Shame, shame, shame.
Hmmm. Massage. The Law. Sex . . Aye, there’s the rub! These two deserve an Irish Poem!
People Who Knead People???
An Irish Poem by Squeeky Fromm
There once were two women named Dodge.
Who engaged in the Art of Massage!
They wore gloves, by Golly!
For oft the “Finale”,
Would end in a massive barrage. . .
Oh, I am sleepy! I fell asleep in the chair, with cats. I must away unto bed, but I have one more Irish Poem. First, this is the reason why “massage” is regulated in the first place in most states, because it is often a front for prostitution. See the note below:
Sleight of Hand???
An Irish Poem by Squeeky Fromm
There once were two women named Dodge,
With “massage” tables in their garage.
They were quite in demand,
‘Til things got “out of hand”
And the Law called it all “camouflage.”
Note: From Wiki, Massage Parlor:
I don’t know why you waste your time on political commentary, when limericks are clearly your strong suit !
Thank you, Jay!!! I am glad you liked them!
As far as the political commentary, I think I have a light to shine, and I shouldn’t hide it under a whiskey barrel. Which is from the Bible, I think???
My wife was a classical musician (singer), so some years ago I wrote this:
A zaftig but ditzy Met mezzo
wished to keep her chest warm with a pet, so
at the animal store
bought two gerbils and more
and said “Gosh, wish they just wouldn’t wet so.”
That is most excellent! You have talent!
Happy endings, oh god!
Happy endings will be back when they are out of jail. Can I get an amen, brother? Amen!!!!
Years ago when I was quite young, a male acquaintance was asked if he had sex bedore he was married. He said, “I did, but only with pros.” I said, “Only with prose and not poetry?” It created a very funny picture in my mind that still makes me laugh all these years later. (He laughed, too.)
“Purpose.—The Legislature recognizes that the practice of massage is potentially dangerous to the public in that massage therapists must have a knowledge of anatomy and physiology and an understanding of the relationship between the structure and the function of the tissues being treated and the total function of the body. “
Rubbish. How much injury could a person receive from an unlicensed massage? I’ve never heard of a call to EMS for someone who needed an ambulance caused by a back rub. The legislature should instead be truthful in what its legislative intents are. But such practices will always be inherent with pols.
Another note, if she advertises as being licensed and she is not, that is a fraud in of itself, and I imagine some form of criminal sanction is warranted. Some professions legitimately need to be licenses, obviously, and there are those that obviously need oversight.
Not when the state by virtue of it’s “Licensing laws” creates a situation where she must claim to be licensed. In a world where licensing is not mandatory I would agree with you Darren.
Whether or not they could receive injury is not relevant. The ONLY legitimate purpose of government is to protect your rights. That includes your right to do things that others might consider dangerous.
We need a way to send legislators to jail when they openly trample our rights like this rather than protecting them.
The potential for injury real. A professional may ask you to sign a release.
““I am a beautiful, talented, licensed massage therapist whom God uses to bring his healing energy to you and bring you to a whole new level of ecstasy.””
If this is God’s will, then atheists my encounter some problems recruiting.
Oh! Lord, I think I’m have’n a religious epiphany!
I just couldn’t squeeze anything good out of this article, sorry……………..
Your comment gets the biggest laugh, thanks!
I suppose that happy endings are a thing of the past for these two. . .unless, of course, the defense attorney needs to get paid. . .
I suspect that our glorious leaders were stretching for justifications to extend the law when they wrote 480.032.
Unless the two ladies are less talented than they look, who was hurt?
Willing buyer, willing seller(s).
Be better to follow the lead of The Netherlands and legalize sex for pay.
The only way you can probably get any is to pay for it. Sad.
If you have to be insulting, at least be clever about it. As it is you come across as banally inane.
Be better to quit listening to academics when they tout the virtues of the planet’s grosses sex-and-death boutique.
Had a very well-traveled (homosexual) co-worker. Wouldn’t set foot in Amsterdam. “Too sleazy”, he tells me.
I visited Amsterdam at least 4 times in the previous century. I never went to the pro part. The parts I saw were quite nice and there are some of the best art museums in the world.
Wouldn’t know about sleeze…
I agree. Legalize it and move on.
Like legalizing pot, but they still regulate it. Hmm
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