alright ! nice job it looks like Hawaii may have its first "real" investigative reporter. Its my opinion that a good investigative reporter / news paper, make goverment and their departments accountable to the public, and maybe if they do a good job can help the governor with the budget this year. By cutting off the fat, fat doesn't do anything its just there. . . just like some of these so called offices so how many cases does DCCA actually take to court???
Hi kf47, thanks for your kind words. Making the government transparent and keeping public officials accountable is exactly what Civil Beat is all about. You can check out more articles at www.CivilBeat.com
I think you would particularly like our Fact Checks which you can find on the bottom of the homepage.
HELLO Robert brown. My name is Amy and i am working in one of the place that you post on this site. Its not true. most of the place that i know nobody going to let they license expires because they have to go test license again!!! And most of the people I knew they are sign for apprentice. I went to massage here in honolulu. I am know the law pretty much same as you do. Hopefully i clean your question. About selling sex.
I don't know.
The place that i working they didn't have that offer. We offer massage only.
Civil Beat, you are full of it. You are trying to link Asian massage parlors with human trafficking, with no evidence to support the link. Nothing more and nothing less. To serve the ideological agenda of a radical feminist organization, PASS. You do not even have a separate topic under Civil Beat for prostitution. It is subsumed under human trafficking. You think people are stupid and don't know there is no objectivity to your "investigation" and your motive for investigation?
Hi Someone – It's good to hear that your place of business is not breaking the law. Our investigation found that a number of massage parlors in Honolulu were unfortunately.
Hello OC – The initial investigation was stemmed from our human trafficking articles. You can Google "CivilBeat: human trafficking" to read the array of content.
As for prostitution, we found plenty of it and there many illegal Honolulu massage parlors that are being shut down for the practice.
We have no agenda other than to pursue investigative journalism in Hawaii, and to shine light on issues that need it.
Mahalo for reading.
Civil beat, you are still full of it. Your initial investigation stemmed from you doing the bidding of PASS, a militant and feminist organization with an ideological agenda that you share, your apparatchik denial notwithstanding. You went out looking for prostitution at massage parlors because you WANT to establish a link between massage parlors and human trafficking. I am still waiting for your big scoop on human trafficking and coercion and slavery at these massage parlors in Honolulu, these dens of iniquity. Can you come up with some evidence, just any evidence, that these girls are held against their will? Please, I am waiting.
Hahaha!! Sometime it's hard for stupid people to believe.
We do just massage really !!!
You must to be very stupid to find only that kinda massage. Maybe you are just looking for that kinda massage? I believe have some but not all of them.
Seems as though someone has written quite an article doing their best to link "Asia" or any business following within an "asian" theme as unlicensed. What a narrow view and shame. Many of the worlds largest spa's originate from Asian Countries and have some of the most sought after therapists. An example would be http://ThaiBanyan.com which is a new high end spa with an excellent and well trained 'licensed' staff. Please, feel free to come do a write up about us as well.
I think it's a bunch of white folks trying to justify a smear campaign against asian businesses. Yup, it had to be said... whites vs asians.
I am a real licensed massage therapist, I work in one of the places that you found to be legit and up-to-date. Lemme tell you how irritating it is for us to work next door to all those "Asian beauties" etc. We have to explain million times a day that we don't do "full service", that draping is not optional, that there will be no happy ending and you can not pick a girl. Thank you for you investigation, I would also suggest to check individual MT's licenses, because from what I know sometimes even if the place's license is OK, they have "independents" that can do dirty. Feel free to contact me if you need any inside info about the massage field.
Civil Beat I dont respect your work.I believe you are actually hurting the state of Hawaii by having these businesses (organic or not) shutdown.Tourists spend alot of money at these types of places and better your economical status.Aside from that you will never get rid of your so called problem.Its not a war.Wars end.
Relax, It's Just a Massage, in Waikiki, doesn't have a license and offers things on the side. The owner, Shanese Bowie does massage all the time and is not a licensed massage therapist. She also has her employees do facials and they are not estheticians. She has a criminal record and is listed on Hoover Police Department's Most Wanted website. She pays her therapists $15/hour and works them like dogs and pays them a month or 2 after they do the work. She's been in business for 2 years now. Sad to see that someone like her can be running a shady business and getting away with it. Only in Hawai'i!
Don't you have better things to do then investigate prostitution? There are other major social issues impacting our community like Homelessness, Unemployment, abuse of power and money by government, etc... Get a life buddy!
Thank you for this article. I too believe that this issue has become a problem in Hawaii. What many don't realize is as you've just said, Human Trafficking, who really knows if they are being forced, it could be your daughter or a family member. I don't think articles like this are hurting Hawaii, they are making people aware that acts like these are occurring on Hawaiian Soil. Everyone knows everyplace has a shady side, but this article is bringing the problem to light. But of course not all massage parlors are like these, I have a few family members that own a couple. I just wish Hawaii would start taking more serious actions.
Oh wow, I've actually seen this online. Friend showed me on RubMaps where things like these "parlors" get posted on a daily basis. That site is like the Yelp of 'happy endings.' -___-
There is a connection between these massage parlors and human trafficking. I've been to the place called Smile, and one of the girls told us in detail how she was in fact trafficked and is basically a sex slave. She owes money to an Asian cartel for bringing her to America and the woman who runs the place is an old Vietnamese lady who seems very nice to us as customers but very mean to the women who work/live at the establishment. Also they do have sex with the customers there.