South Forsyth massage parlor to serve 2-week license suspension

A south Forsyth massage parlor is serving a two-week license suspension after two violations of Forsyth County’s massage ordinance.

Forsyth County commissioners voted 4-0, with the District 2 seat vacant, on Thursday to suspend the license of Dream Massage for Feet at 3495 Peachtree Parkway Suite 110 and licensee Shao Hui Liu for employees not having a license and licensee on premises. The licensee said she was not in the store at the time of the citations, and legal fines related to the violations have been paid.

“There were two citations,” County Attorney Ken Jarrard said. “They were both issued on June 16, 2017, and both of them were for basically violations of the various certification documents with respect to this facility.”

Jarrard said the county could cite the business again for other violations but stressed that no fines had been paid or judgments made for those.

“The citations were only issued on Aug. 30, so to say they are fairly fresh would be an understatement,” he said. “There are references to lighting, an employee that was not a massage therapist.

“There was a violation … which is touching the genitals of another.”

It is not clear when those violations, if they move ahead, will come to the commission. 

In November 2015, Forsyth County commissioners approved a new ordinance to crack down on illicit activities at massage parlors and spas, which went into effect in January 2016.

Among the changes were requiring businesses and employees not licensed by the state to obtain a county license, employee records to be kept, minors to be accompanied by an adult and setting businesses hours from 7 a.m.-10 p.m., with workers on site from 6 a.m.-11 p.m.

Since the ordinance was adopted, two stores have had their licenses revoked due to violations. At least six employees have been arrested on prostitution charges.

Last month, commissioners added new tougher penalties for violations, including changing a five-year ban on opening a new business if found the license is revoked to a lifetime ban. 

The county will also require applicants “to furnish a complete set of fingerprints for all persons required to sign the application” that will be sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the FBI, and the sheriff’s office will conduct an investigation to the applicant “detailing all information relating to fingerprinting, criminal history, arrest data and other matters pertinent to law enforcement.”

The new rules went into effect in early August.