Mother and Daughter Arrested In Florida Prostitution Ring

1503166787189This 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.

39 thoughts on “Mother and Daughter Arrested In Florida Prostitution Ring

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

    http://missourifreepress.com/

    • 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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. . .

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    • 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.”

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

      Note: From Wiki, Massage Parlor:

      The term “massage parlour” (British English) or “massage parlor” (American English) refers to a front for prostitution, and was popularized in what is known as “the Massage Scandals of 1894”. 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. 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.

      Particularly where prostitution is illegal, massage parlors (as well as saunas, spas or similar establishments) may be fronts for places of prostitution. Illegal brothels disguised as massage parlors are common in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, the UAE and many other countries.

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

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massage_parlor

  6. 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.)

  7. “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.

    • 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.

  8. ““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!

  9. I suppose that happy endings are a thing of the past for these two. . .unless, of course, the defense attorney needs to get paid. . .

  10. 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).

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