Lenexa cracks down on massage parlors - KCTV5

Lenexa cracks down on massage parlors

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More and more massage parlors are closing their doors in Lenexa as police respond to suspicions that some shops are giving away more than massages.

"The girls were marching up and down the street dressed scantily," said business owner Bill Kadyk.

"Most seemed to believe there might be prostitution or things of that nature going on," said Master Patrol Officer Dan Friesen.

It was an unusual sight in Lenexa last summer as more and more massage parlors seemed to start popping up around town. They included the Garden of Eden salon on West 87th Street.

"It was just so fishy you knew something was going on," said Mandy Giesler. "It was very trashy looking."

Immediately those at neighboring businesses grew suspicious and upset.

"The girls were marching up and down the street dressed scantily," said Bill Kadyk. "There were people going in and out of there all hours of the day and night. I didn't know what was going on, but I suspected what I thought was going on."

Kadyk's State Farm insurance office was just a few doors down from Garden of Eden. He complained to the city on more than one occasion and he wasn't alone.

The complaints were coming in so quickly the city council changed how they handled the licensing of the types of businesses. The police department was tasked with doing all the background checks and licensing checks for any and all massage parlors in the city. First police wanted to see exactly what was happening behind closed doors.

"We did conduct some undercover investigation and I was not aware of any prostitution charges, but they did identify some of the elements of the ordinance that they were in violation of," Friesen said.

Within weeks of the police department overseeing the operations of the parlors four closed their doors and moved out of town, including the Garden of Eden. As checks continue on remaining parlors in and around town, neighbors in the 87th Street shopping center said they weren't sorry to see the nearby business close down.

"We were so excited, so happy," Giesler said.

"They were packing up on the last day of the year and going out and they took their sign with them and good riddance," Kadyk said.

Police hope their efforts send a message to similar businesses that licenses and backgrounds will be checked and enforced.

Besides the Garden of Eden massage parlor, the others that closed down were at 95th Street and Renner Boulevard, College Boulevard and Pflumm Road and on 87th Street just west of Earnshaw. All closed after they were found in violation of the city's ordinance.

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