HUNTINGTON BEACH – Ten people were arrested on suspicion of soliciting for prostitution at Huntington Beach massage parlors, police said today.
City officials are working on an ordinance to cap the number of massage businesses in the city, Lt. Mitch O’Brien said.
“Our numbers are so high now,” O’Brien said. “But some of these are legitimate massage establishments. We don’t want to paint everyone with a broad brush.”
Since the state was put in charge of regulating massage parlors in 2009, the number of massage businesses in Huntington Beach jumped from nine to 65, O’Brien said.
The names of those arrested were not immediately available.
Law enforcement from Huntington Beach, Anaheim, the state’s Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, and the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force conducted an undercover inspection of massage parlors in Huntington Beach on Feb. 28.