Downtown "parlours" rub massage therapists the wrong way

George Fraser, executive director of the Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba, is pushing for the city to replace the term “massage parlours” being used to license sex services offered in the downtown core with “adult entertainment centres” or “rub parlours.” His concern is that customers will get the impression that those offering sexual services are medical professionals, and that those who then decide seek the holistic medicine license being considered by the city will slow down the process for massage therapist already applying.

“The bottom line is they’re sex parlours and the people who work in them are sex trade workers,” Fraser said.

The downtown development committee will address the issue again in 90 days after discussing with the city’s business owners.