'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.
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…
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 …
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: