The BJP-led South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Monday, September 16, decided that it will soon change its policy on operation of spas and massage parlours, which will also include a ban on cross-gender massage services to customers in view of reports of sex rackets running there.
The SDMC Leader, Kamaljeet Sehrawat claimed the move comes after receiving complaints from people about “illicit activities” going in many parlours in the garb of service.
“We have been working on this issue for quite some time and today we decide that the policy needs a change. The new policy would come into effect soon. To begin with, we are going to publish the list of 297 spas and parlours which have been issued a licence by SDMC so that people know the legal ones,” she said.
It has also been decided that CCTV cameras should be installed in areas from the lobby to the main room, she said.
“Offering of cross-massage (massage service by a person to a client of opposite gender) service will not be permitted once the new policy comes into force and only those aged 18 and above can give massage,” Sehrawat said.
If instructions of the advisory are not followed, their Health Trade License will be cancelled, said an SDMC official. This license, issued by civic bodies, is compulsory to run such a business.
The Delhi Commission for Women has been assisting the city police in conducting raids at various spas and parlours in Delhi which were allegedly running sex rackets.
The DCW on September 5 claimed to have busted “prostitution rings at such facilities in west Delhi areas of Nawada, Dwarka and Madhu Vihar.” DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal and colleague Kiran Negi reportedly rescued nine girls from these spas, including a school-going girl. Used condoms were also found in the dustbins of these centres, DCW said.