Massage Business Ordinances unanimously passed today at the Fresno City Hall Council meeting! Thank you all for the support- it has been historic day for the fight against human trafficking in Fresno, as we adopted our first city ordinance relating to human trafficking. Special thanks to Council Representative Clint Olivier and the Fresno Police Vice Unit in making this happen! Thanks to everyone who wrote to your Council Representative and showed up at the meeting to communicate that human trafficking is not acceptable in our community.
On November 21, the Fresno City Council will be voting on a ordinance to revised laws pertaining to massage parlors in an effort to eradicate human trafficking in illicit businesses.
The Central Valley Justice Coalition and other partners will be present at the meeting in support of the ordinance and we invite YOU to stand with us!
Where: Fresno City Hall, council chambers
When: Thursday, Nov 21st, 1:30pm
Questions? Email us at email@example.com or call 559-725-1865
Additional Info on Ordinances:
Info Sheet: Massage Business Ordinance
Some important points concerning the ordinance:
• According to Fresno Police Department, since 2008, massage establishments in Fresno increased from 30 to well over 200 establishments
• Visible indicators of potential human trafficking have been found in Fresno.
See our report on human trafficking in massage parlors
• The proposed ordinance was developed from one created by Polaris Project, the national organization that heads the Human Trafficking Hotline.(See the Model Massage Parlor Ordinance document on the Polaris Project website here)
HOW DOES THE ORDINANCE PREVENT HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
• Requires visibility from the street to see into the massage
parlor, doors cannot be locked when open for business
• Operational hours are limited to 7am-9pm
• Extensive background information and certifications required for a city permit, including all employees to be registered with CAMTC (California Massage Therapy Council)
• No advertisements that suggest commercial sex
• Significant increase in fines and harsher penalties for
Also see: HELPING with MASSAGE PARLOR POLICY LOCALLY,
This month’s prayer opportunity, also formerly called “Prayer on Parkway”, is now part of an extended vision we are calling “Mercy Street”. We are excited to move forward in this collaborative effort with MadeForThem and Center for Community Transformation.
Training is now being offered Thursday, Nov 14th at 7pm!
Prayer (on Parkway Dr.) is happening as previously planned on Friday, Nov 15th at 8:30pm.
For info & to RSVP, view the following attachments. (No RSVP needed for training. RSVP/the below waiver is required by Nov 14th for Prayer if you cannot attend the training.)
Central Valley Justice Coalition will be part of a session on human trafficking at the 2013 Engage Missional Life Conference on Friday and Saturday October 18-19 in Fresno.
The Engage Missional Life Conference focus is equip believers to be “totally committed to living the love of God in all circumstances where people meet Jesus through our grace, compassion, forgiveness, caring, & loving Lifestyle.” In includes workshops taught by those in organizations here and all over the world with opportunities to connect with mission organizations and like-minded people.
We will be co-presenting a workshop at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 19 called “Piercing the Darkness: God’s People Leading the Fight Against Human Trafficking” with Chris Sambaugh, co-founder of the The Grace Network in Sacramento, a gospel-based anti-trafficking network mobilizing communities throughout the Sacramento region to combat human trafficking. CVJC will be sharing on local human trafficking issues and response.
Register to attend the Engage Missional Life Conference here and share this with others you know who are seeking to live a missional life.
Engage Missional Life Conference Facebook page
Engage Missional Life Conference Website
CVJC is hosting nights of prayer that are focused in the some of more intense areas for human trafficking in our city. We invite you to join us if this is an issue you wish to take a stand against – the next two dates are Friday, October 25th and Friday, November 15th.
In order to join us, we ask you to review the letter of invite (below) and return the waiver to us by October 17th. Spots are limited! For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org (“prayer” in the subject line).