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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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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 Simmons said the city made Varner agree to some limits for the project — like that there can’t be any tattoo shops, package liquor stores nor massage parlors. — Ben Brasch, ajc, "A $65M mixed-use development is set to take over Cobb shopping center," 26 June 2018 Han was arrested on the spot for allegedly operating an unlicensed massage parlor, prostitution and evading arrest. — Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Undercover deputies bust Houston-area massage parlor," 9 Apr. 2018 Two years ago Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson asked for new licensing rules out of concern that massage parlors were being used as human trafficking operations. — Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Legalize ‘happy ending’ massages, Lawrence man urges council. His passion is praised," 11 July 2018 This could include places like pot bars, movie theaters, yoga studios, and massage parlors. — Timothy Naimi,, "Why marijuana policies in Massachusetts aren’t strict enough," 20 June 2018

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1906, in the meaning defined above

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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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