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.