'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.
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 sexual exploitation and
The Representatives from
the Department of Health insisted that there were already systems in place to keep
individuals with criminal records from holding massage licenses and that there
have been just under 2,300 inspections in Tampa over the last two years. The
Department of Health also provided Clean Up Kennedy with a method to file
complaints against massage establishments suspected of illicit activity.
a few miles from Old City Hall, Seven Star Spa has reopened under the new name “Sun
Spa.” In the words of Joe Manson, founder of Clean Up Kennedy, “They’re not
fooling anybody with their change of name, we know what’s going on in there.”
Despite the name change volunteers have reported that several members of the
Seven Star staff now work at Sun Spa. There is no proof that their illicit
business practices have changed.
Up Kennedy will continue their efforts to end sex trafficking on Kennedy
Boulevard and in the greater Tampa Bay area. If you would like to get more
involved, please contact us on Facebook or by visiting our website www.cleanupkennedy.org.
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:
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…