Should Massage Therapists be Licensed? Two Vermont Lawmakers say Yes

By Steph Machado

Published 02/18 2014 07:46PM

Updated 02/19 2014 02:43PM

UPDATE - The Government Operations committee voted not to take up this bill.

MONTPELIER - Massage therapists in Vermont may soon need to be licensed.

A bill was introduced in the Vermont Statehouse that was sparked by a series of massage parlors closing due to sex trafficking.

That includes two parlors that closed in Essex Junction, represented by State. Rep. Tim Jerman (D-Essex Junction). He's one of the sponsors of the bill. Essex Junction is doing its own local enforcement, but Rep. Jerman wants statewide legislation.

"If there was questionable activity going on, a law enforcement officer could walk in and say 'May I see your license?' And my understanding is that many of the businesses we're talking about would never go on to get licensed workers," Rep. Jerman said.

The other sponsor of the bill is Rep. Alison Clarkson (D-Woodstock). She is focused on the professional side of licensing.

"The massage therapists in our neck of the woods want to be differentiated from people who are less professional," Rep. Clarkson said.

The bill was introduced to the Government Operations committee.

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