The woman claimed her husband came home with a sexually transmitted infection from a downtown business

It looks like Richmond’s unauthorized sex trade is alive and well, if one relies on the sordid story of a naturally angry woman.

The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, contacted the Richmond News with details of how her husband contracted a sexually transmitted infection (STI) after frequenting a downtown massage parlor.

According to the woman, her husband said he knew many men “addicted” to the extracurricular services offered at the company, who could not be named for legal reasons.

She told the News that she was glad her husband’s STI didn’t get past her, even though she wasn’t taking any chances and banished him to sleep on their cold, hard floors.

“I still had to get two injections of penicillin in my ass to make sure,” she added.

“How many of these girls are there against their will?” I’m not sure, but it wouldn’t surprise me if there were even a minor or two in the mix. How are these places neglected? “

She said that despite her husband’s confession, he returned to the business for the same.

She then entered the living room with her photo, demanding that they decline her patronage in the future.

The woman reported the matter to the City of Richmond By-Laws Department, who dispatched officers to investigate.

However, according to city spokesman Clay Adams, officers found “no evidence of any practice or activity that would violate the requirements of the business license.”

In March 2020, the News ran an article on the unauthorized sex trade in Richmond, which pointed out that the city’s policies on sex work had not changed in 20 years.

The article pointed out that six “body scrub” establishments in Richmond and a quick search of vanpeople.com – a Chinese-language website for free classifieds – found dozens of women advertising in Richmond as workers. sex.

Com. Alexa Loo, at the time, wanted the city to consider tightening the rules around these settlements to make it “as difficult as possible” to operate, adding that she didn’t think the city should support human trafficking in Richmond.

And in March of last year, the News reported how a report to Richmond City Council on massage parlors was delayed by more than a year.

When asked this week if she thinks it’s still a problem in Richmond, Loo thinks not much has changed in the past two years.

“I think the city is doing everything it can, as it is. But technically we have allowed prostitution here and we are not the only community to have done so, ”she said.

“There is a feeling that in the past we wanted (sex workers) off the streets, so we allowed (body rubbing).

“My concern is always that in some of these situations you have younger women or girls who are not from here so there is trafficking and coercion involved.

“There is an argument that it’s a woman’s right to do this, ‘it’s a legitimate job’ etc. This is all very awake, but I’m not sure people who say this would like their daughter is involved in this business. “

Loo acknowledged that there are many genuine massage parlors in Richmond that are “perfectly legitimate businesses; I have been to some of them. They are strictly legitimate, at a good price.

“But (the illegal sex trade) is still going on and will continue to happen. Something must change. People still use this service.

Loo stressed that human trafficking and coercion are what “worries her the most”.

“What we need is more people close by, giving women an outing, so to speak; an option or other opportunities.

“I am not here to be the morality police, but I am here to say that I care about young women and girls, and even boys, who are trafficked and forced to do so.

She added that many people in power in Richmond still think it is ‘out of sight, out of mind’ when it comes to admitting there is a problem in the city. .

Sex worker advocacy groups previously told the News they don’t believe human trafficking is the number one problem the business faces, which would be better served by making work safer for workers. .