'Bathhouse Ordinance' Passed!

Ordinance Passed! Clean Up Kennedy is excited to announce that the revamped “Bathhouse Ordinance” passed it’s second reading at the city council meeting on January 11, 2018. After plenty of deliberation and public debate the city council voted to officially adopt the Bathhouse Ordinance.

This ordinance will enforce codes that will make it more difficult for massage spas in Tampa to be dens for human trafficking. Among other things, the Bathhouse Ordinance enforces a 10pm closing time, requires spas to have a well lit front entrance, and requires spas to display information about human trafficking.  These measures are steps in the right direction towards educating the public about the dangers of human trafficking that could be going on in their own neighborhoods.

After months of working with city council on this ordinance, Clean Up Kennedy is thrilled that it has passed. We want to continue to make the human trafficking victims our primary concern moving forward. We are actively working…

New Bathhouse Ordinance: What is it and Why is it Being Contested?

New Bathhouse Ordinance: What is it and Why is it Being Contested? By: Carrie Pinkard

On Thursday, December 21st the Tampa City Council met to vote on a revised version of the “Bathhouse ordinance.”
The “Bathhouse Ordinance” was number 71 on the agenda and didn’t come up until over three hours into the meeting.  Members of the public on both the pro-ordinance and anti-ordinance side stirred in their seats as they awaited their opportunity to speak.
As someone who has been a member of Clean Up Kennedy since it’s onset, I am biased in my full support of this updated bathhouse ordinance. I was surprised to see the number of people who showed up in opposition to the ordinance and was eager to hear their side of this story.
This article will address the public comments made against this new ordinance at the December 21st meeting, as well as give a break down of what the ordinance actually says.
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Revamped 'Bathhouse Ordinance': The Beginning of the End for IMB's in Tampa?

The City has continued to move forward on addressing the organized prostitution and possible human trafficking going on in the illicit massage businesses (IMBs) operating along Kennedy Blvd and across Tampa. For the past 6 months, Tampa’s legal department has received input from local and national anti-trafficking NGOs.

The public comments featured several survivors of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, discussing their experiences in Tampa and their support for the ordinance. Representatives from the Salvation Army and Polaris also spoke.

The representatives from Polaris (which begins at 11:35 in the video below) discussed the problem of illicit massage businesses nationally, how the ones in Tampa are connected to larger national networks, and even read what buyers online say about their experiences in these 'massage spas.'

Video of public comments December 7th

Later, agenda item 82 came up, and the city attorney discussed the revamped bath house ordinance …

Back to Old City Hall December 7th

We have another City Council Meeting 9am December 7th. As an ongoing effort by the city to address the issue of commercial sexual exploitation and possible human trafficking going on Kennedy Blvd and across Tampa. 
The Meeting will be held on the 3rd floor of Old City Hall at 9am 
315 E Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602
If you are interested in coming and showing support for the efforts by the city to address trafficking in our city, Email for more information.

'Lights in the Night': Candlelight Vigil for Trafficking Awareness on November 4th

'Lights in the Night': Candlelight Vigil for Trafficking Awareness
November 4th 9:00pm to 11:00pm
Barnes & Noble Parking Lot 213 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33609
Hosted By: Clean Up Kennedy - Fighting Human Trafficking in Tampa Bay

Come join us Saturday evening, November 4th for a candlelight vigil to help raise awareness of what happens behind closed doors in the spas along Kennedy Boulevard. We will be lining up along Kennedy with candles as a sign of unity against human trafficking in Tampa Bay.  We want to stand together as a community to show we support the women impacted by these terrible crimes.  Whether you want to participate in prayer, a moment of silence, or just stand with us, we’d love to see you out there.
We will be meeting in the Barnes & Noble parking lot, then splitting into smaller groups and heading out from there. If you have any questions or are interested in becoming a 'Team Captain' contact Joe Manson on Facebook or email CleanUpKennedy@…

6th Month Anniversary of Mark Douglas' 8 Investigates: Are ‘Storefronts for Sex’ thriving along Tampa’s Kennedy Blvd?


September 28 City Council Workshop

It’s been just over five months since the Channel 8 news report: "Are ‘Storefronts for Sex’ thriving along Tampa’s Kennedy Blvd?" blasted the issue of illicit massage business into the public spotlight in Tampa and inspired citizens to launch the Clean Up Kennedy movement. 
The September 28th meeting was the third time that the Tampa City Council has had this issue on the agenda. Thursday there was an hour of presentations from the Assistant City Attorney and the Florida Department of Health followed by public comments by other organizations that were present. Representatives from PolarisUSIAHTCreatedFlorida State Massage Therapy Association, and the Florida Department of Health were present at the meeting and testified and commented on the situation.
The Assistant City Attorney seems confident that retooling the bath house regulations that are already on the books will work to make it harder for these businesses to continue their illicit activities including commercial …