What's the best way to stop prostitution at massage parlors? Tulsa city councilor Chris Trail has proposed a solution of accountability, but some in the industry say not so fast.
"It's really anti small business," said Xerlan Deery of Re Massage & Bodywork, concerned about licensing fees that would kick in as part of a new massage parlor ordinance.
"It's going to personally cost me $650 to get a license," she said.
"I didn't see a $600 or $550 fee on there," said councilor Chris Trail, spearheading the ordinance, and clarifying that Mrs. Deery wouldn't have to pay a separate license fee to make, say house calls, if she has a license for an office as well.
"She wouldn't need one because if you're doing, because your license is tied into that building. But the people that don't have building, that all they do is outcall. That's what that's for. Yes," he said.
That confusion however, brings up the point that not everybody is on the same page.
"It's too fast, they really haven't looked at it thoroughly," said Deery.
"This has been 18 months in the works, it's been on the first agenda in April, it's been on there nine times, we've met several organizations and groups, but the problem is, there's so many of them, there's no one source," said Trail
While Deery says she supports the efforts to end the human trafficking and prostitution that exists under the guise of massage, the legitimate therapists shouldn't have to pay for it.
"It just seems strange that the police department needs me to do this," said Deery.
"The point is, for the last nine years, if they would have regulated themselves, we wouldn't have to be doing this," said Trail.