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Definition of massage parlor

: an establishment that provides massage treatments also : one offering sexual services in addition to or in lieu of massage

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Johannson, 33, reportedly quit the movie—which shares the story of a transgender man who used his Pittsburgh massage parlor as a cover for a brothel in the '70s, according to Bustle—after critics slammed the actress. — Mariah Haas, Fox News, "Glenn Close talks Scarlett Johansson casting controversy and James Gunn firing," 18 Aug. 2018 This no-frills massage parlor feels fairly traditional—picture black or red leather chairs, lattice woodwork, and a soundtrack of birds chirping. — Janice Leung Hayes, Condé Nast Traveler, "23 Best Things to Do in Hong Kong," 27 Feb. 2018 Four women were booked with prostitution by massage Friday, a misdemeanor, after the investigations at three different massage parlors, police said. — Hanna Krueger,, "NOPD uses Instagram account to book suspect in armed robbery of three boys in New Orleans East," 17 Apr. 2018 Four women were arrested Wednesday on prostitution charges at Anderson Township massage parlors, officials said. — Monroe Trombly,, "Deputies swarm Anderson Township massage parlors for prostitution sting, 4 women arrested," 7 Mar. 2018 Mathison, Drennan and Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said the investigation into the three massage parlors where the arrests occurred continues. — Bob Warren,, "Spurred by arrests, Slidell council adopts massage parlor moratorium," 25 Apr. 2018 Two women were arrested Thursday after authorities raided two massage parlors in Symmes and Sycamore townships for suspected prostitution, officials said. — Cameron Knight,, "Two women arrested in prostitution investigation in Symmes and Sycamore townships," 28 June 2018 While running his tax consulting business, one of his clients was involved in franchising with Massage Envy, a chain of massage parlors. — Tracey Lien,, "John Choi's journey from tax auditing to running 'man cave' grooming salons," 15 June 2018 Tex, who ran a string of massage parlors in the 1970s and ’80s that became fronts for prostitution dens. — Amanda Svachula, New York Times, "Scarlett Johansson Withdraws From Transgender Role After Backlash," 13 July 2018

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1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of massage parlor was in 1906

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English Language Learners Definition of massage parlor

: a place where people pay to be given a massage : a place that is supposed to be for massages but where people pay to have sex

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