'Clean Up Kennedy' is committed to ending the Illicit Massage Parlor blight on Kennedy Blvd by developing a community-based awareness campaign, supporting and equipping local law enforcement, and working with local government to end the victimization of women on our streets in Tampa.
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6th Month Anniversary of Mark Douglas' 8 Investigates: Are ‘Storefronts for Sex’ thriving along Tampa’s Kennedy Blvd?
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:
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 Polaris, USIAHT, Created, Florida 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 …
In a series of excellent videos and reports investigative journalist Mark Douglas exposed the disturbing truth behind the numerous "Health Spas" on Kennedy Blvd. Below are the links to his articles and the videos that go along with them.
In this report Douglas shines a light on whats really going on inside Kennedy's "Asian Massage" storefronts by doing research into police complaints arrest records. He takes a camera crew inside one of these "Spas" and questions employees. He also talks to Tampa City Councilman Mike Suarez and Guido Maniscalco.