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Agenda Item 51: Tampa City Council Takes on Prostitution and Possible Human Trafficking on Kennedy Blvd

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Many members of Clean Up Kennedy came to support the City Council in their efforts to address illicit activity and human trafficking on Kennedy Blvd and across Tampa.

Even though the agenda item was second to last in the 2 and a half hour meeting, the Council members responded to the report given by the city attorney with enthusiasm. This positive energy and the thoughtful questions and comments show that they are seriously committed to moving forward with a strategy to end the illicit massage parlor blight on Kennedy Blvd, and throughout the city. What was scheduled to be a 5 minute report turned into a lively 20+ minute discussion.

The City Council has called for a Workshop on September 28th at 9am to hear from experts and the public, to form a plan to combat illicit businesses and human trafficking in the city.



Here is the full video of Agenda Item 51



Here is the video of Joe Manson, founder of Clean Up Kennedy, addressing the City Council during the public comments portion of the …

Seven Star Spa: CLOSED!!!

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Clean Up Kennedy is proud to announce that after months of pressure from our street demonstrations and the coverage from the local news and calls from city officials, the property owner has asked the tenants to leave, and they have agreed. Seven Star Spa has closed. With its 20+ foot red and yellow sign Seven Star Spa has been one of the most visible illicit massage businesses for over a decade.

We hope that other property owners will follow suit. If they suspect that illegal activity is occurring on their property they will quickly take action to see that it is put to a stop.

These illegal and exploitative businesses that have been a fixture on Kennedy Blvd and across Tampa for decades are not invincible. All it takes is for a few citizens of Tampa to stand up and say "No More!"

We have said this before and we will say it again:


WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY




Weekly Update: July 16 - 23

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We had another great week out on Kennedy, thanks so much to the good citizens of Tampa who came out and demonstrated with us on Friday! We had several news outlets do stories on us this week their links are below.



Click here for the Fox 13 article and video


Click here for the ABC article and video 


At the July 27th CIty Council meeting the Tampa City Legal Department to appear and provide a report with suggestion on how to best regulate massage parlors in terms of curbing prostitution and possible human trafficking. (Original motion initiated by Suarez - Maniscalco on May 11, 2017)

Come join other concerned citizens at the Tampa City Council Meeting, and make it known this is an issue we care deeply about and want to see action taken to end this evil on our streets.


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City Attorney to Address Kennedy Illicit Massage Business Problem at July 27th City Council Meeting

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The Tampa City Legal Department is to appear and provide a report with suggestions on how to best regulate massage parlors in terms of curbing prostitution and possible human trafficking. (Original motion initiated by Suarez - Maniscalco on May 11, 2017)

Come join other concerned citizens at the Tampa City Council Meeting, and make it known this is an issue we care deeply about and want to see action taken immediately to end this evil on our streets.

The exact time that the report will be presented will not be published until the Monday before the meeting, but all daytime City Council meetings begin at 9 am are are usually about 3 hours long.

Click Here for our Facebook Event Page