Proposed bill would crack down on illegal massage parlors in Howard County

A proposal would help the Howard County Police Department, headquartered in Ellicott City, to target massage establishments suspected of illegal activity. ((Fatimah Waseem/Baltimore Sun Media)

A proposal would help the Howard County Police Department, headquartered in Ellicott City, to target massage establishments suspected of illegal activity. ((Fatimah Waseem/Baltimore Sun Media)

By Fatimah Waseem

Howard County Times

March 1, 2017, 6:00 AM

In an effort to curb prostitution and human trafficking, a bill before the Howard County Council would expand the Howard County Police Department's ability to crack down on illegal massage parlors.

Proposed by Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and Councilman Jon Weinstein, the bill would allow local police to enter massage parlors at any time during business or operating hours to ensure the establishment is licensed by the state...