'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 with groups that deal with rehabilitating trafficking victims. Our primary goal is rescue, not arrest. The purpose of this ordinance is not to round up and arrest human trafficking victims. Rather, it enforces reasonable regulation of businesses that are well known to host trafficking victims.

We are always welcome to open dialogue and suggestions on how we can put an end to human trafficking in Tampa Bay. We are also always looking for new members to join the cause! Please join our Facebook group, share with your friends, and get in contact with us if you have any questions.

- Carrie Pinkard Clean up Kennedy City Council Correspondent

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