Goa to tackle the issue of cross-massage at parlours

The Goa government has decided to take action against massage parlours that offer ‘cross-massages’. A group of massage professionals have complained and brought light to the issue, prevalent in the coastal belt of the state.

A group of 30 women from the North East of India, working in Goa, submitted a detailed memorandum to the Health department alleging that they were forced to give ‘cross massage’ (woman giving massage to man), Health Minister Vishwajit Rane informed PTI. The memorandum has mentioned 15 parlours in total.

Under provisions of state health Act, Goa has banned cross-massages (woman-to-man and man-to-woman massage).

The government and the police department will form a special squad which will raid massage parlours, and licenses will be suspended if any illegal activity is found, Rane told PTI.

Of the massage parlours mentioned in the complaint, two were prominent parlours from Panaji while the rest were from were mentioned coastal belt of Calangute, Candolim, Vasco and Colva.

“In the name of massage, lot of illegalities, including prostitution, happen. We will never tolerate such activities,” the minister said

The health department has also issued a warning to massage parlours operating from five-star hotels in this regard, he added.

Information credit: PTI

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