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Survivors Not Criminals: The Los Angeles County Massage Establishment Ordinance

Purpose: This purpose of this graduate project is to analyze The Los Angeles County Massage Establishment Ordinance using a feminist framework approach, and critically examine the use of police raids in combatting sex trafficking in illicit massage businesses. Methods: A literature review of trafficking prevalence in Los Angeles County, current trafficking policies used in California, and grassroots organizing methods by transnational feminist organization. AF3IRM Los Angeles. This project will examine the use of feminist police framework and grassroots organizing techniques. Results: On February 4th, 2020, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a first-of-its-kind ordinance that combined heavily regulating massage business operations, updating business code from the 1960s and required regular inspections by the Department of Public Health. Due to two years of grassroots organizing from the Los Angeles chapter of AF3IRM, a transnational feminist organizing, the ordinance also included survivor-centered approaches and best practices for working with victims. Keywords: Illicit Massage Business, Sex Trafficking, LA County Board of Supervisors, Unincorporated City, Department of Public Health

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