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PANAJI: The state government has decided to crack down on spas and salons across the state that offer crossover massage services, following complaints from female masseuses that they were forced to provide such services to their customers.
“By law, a man can massage a man and a woman can massage a woman. No cross massage is allowed, ”Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said.
Girls from northeast India are being forced to do crossover massages in Goa, the minister said. It is estimated that there are over 200 spas in the state. The special campaign to crack down on spas will begin next week.
Speaking to TOI, Rane said she has received complaints from 20 women working in 14 spas, some of whom are hired by two leading spas in Panaji, in which they say they are obligated to provide crossover massages. Rane said his team would first check the spas the 20 masseuses complained about.
Rane said most of the girls exploited by spa owners are from Northeast Indian states. “Regardless of the influence of the person, if their spa is involved, action will be taken,” he said.
The health minister also said he would speak to the chief police officer and that a joint team with doctors from the health department would conduct surprise checks at spas and salons to check for any violations.
Rane said the team will carry out inspections along the coastal belt, as well as areas like Panaji and Vasco. “We will be launching advertising campaigns to create awareness,” Rane said.
He also said that if a spa provided cross-massage services to clients, the licenses would immediately be terminated. Rane said that in some spas prostitution was also practiced and that strict measures would be taken.
“The law is in place and they have to follow the law and I am here to protect the law,” Rane said, adding: “I will take action against the director of the health department if he does not take action,” he said. he declared.
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