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Magic Hands in Hesperia “likely a house of prostitution”

HESPERIA, Calif. ( — Item 6 on the agenda Tuesday night to discuss revoking a business license for Magic Hands, a massage parlor believed to be a house of prostitution, was pulled from the agenda.

The item was to allow Council to hear evidence and render a decision in the appeal of the revocation of Business License No. RB-43234., where it’s stated that Code Enforcement inspected the massage parlor, Magic Hands Massage at 12053 Mariposa Rd. Unit I., and found several violations.

“Firstly, the employee was wearing a mini shirt that showed her buttocks. When asked if the business was open for massage, the employee responded yes,” the City document stated regarding the January 14, 2020 inspection.

“Upon interviewing the employee, it was discovered that there was no California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) certified massage technician working,” the report said.

CAMTC, or the CA Massage Therapy Council is a state agency that mandates that all massage businesses have a working CAMTC certified massage technician or therapist in order to be open. The Municipal Code also requires this.

The business was cited and revisited for a second inspection on January 17, 2020.

“Code Enforcement inspected the business and witnessed an adult female wearing lingerie, she was witnessed putting a short robe on and running out the back exit of the business into the alleyway. Code Enforcement was able to document this with photographic evidence.” The document read.

A male customer reportedly ran to a back room, refusing to speak to Code Enforcement. The employees also refused to speak or come out of the rooms.

A citation was issued for this violation and Code Enforcement turned the case information over to Development Services to review for revocation.

During a third inspection on January 27th, it’s stated that Code Enforcement witnessed the employees wearing “short skirts and dresses” and quickly put coats on when an officer entered.

One of the massage employees had a CAMTC license but had no business license.

“A female business owner came to the business and spoke to the officer, she repeatedly asked the officer if he would like to go for lunch or a coffee and called him “honey”. The officer denied her repeatedly and continued to ask for the required documents,” the report said.

A citation was issued for these violations. Upon review of the evidence, the department elected to revoke the business license of Magic Hands Massage.

In a letter sent on January 31, 2020, to the business owner, Keith Roberts stated that “The revocation is necessary to protect the health, safety, or welfare of the public,” and provided him an address of where to send an appeal.

Roberts responded with an appeal that stated, “On 01/12/2020 and 01/17/2020 No staff members were providing massage service when those two inspection [sic] took place.”

“Based on the wardrobe of the employees, lingerie, buttocks showing, short robes, and the fact that the male customer ran from Code Enforcement, staff suspects that Magic Hands massage is likely a house of prostitution and the employees were likely providing sexual acts,” the summary of the report stated.

It’s unclear why the item was pulled, but it’s expected to be continued at a different date, undetermined at this time.

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