Mayor Lim closes down massage parlor

THE city government of Manila yesterday closed down a massage parlor, which was allegedly a prostitution front.

Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim shut down the Mongkok Health Spa located at No. 843-CSB Padilla Street in Sta. Cruz.

Lim was accompanied by his chief of staff and media bureau chief Ric de Guzman, Manila Police District (MPD) deputy director Alex Gutierrez and department of social welfare (DSW) chief Jay dela Fuente.

The spa is reportedly owned by a certain Jimmy Dy and two others whose identities are still being confirmed. Lim’s action was based on a recommendation of Dela Fuente, whose team verified complaints that the said establishment is being used for prostitution.

Dela Fuente said an asset of the DSW was used to pose as a customer and was able to prove that the supposed therapists in the said
massage parlor offer sexual services in exchange for money.

The spa’s therapists were found to be working without the necessary occupational health certificates and police clearances. The owner also failed to present a business permit and a license receipt.

Numerous violations of health, safety and fire regulations were also noted in the said establishment, prompting Lim to order the filing of appropriate charges against its owner.

On questioning, the therapists told Dela Fuente that they are not given decent wages by the owners of the spa who even allegedly encourage them to offer sexual services to get extra income.

Aside from the closure of the spa, Dela Fuente also recommended to place it on the bureau of permits watch list, which means a new application of the same establishment would require a clearance from the mayor.

Meanwhile, Lim said the city government under his stewardship is determined to pursue its drive against prostitution relentlessly.

It was also learned that the said spa was among the 53 establishments that he closed down during his first term as city mayor.

“Ang problema, nagbalikan nung di na ako ang mayor,” Lim said.  Jerry S. Tan

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