Prostitution at Franklin spa could lead to new penalties

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Channel 12 reported in November of 2015…

Because of a no contest plea entered on April 17, 2017, the defendant Shuying Ding was found guilty of Keeping a Place of Prostitution, a class H felony.  She was instructed not to own, operate or manage any spas.

However, on March 14, 2019, the defendant by her attorney filed a motion seeking to withdraw her no contest plea. The court has reviewed the motion and is seeking a response from the State. The State’s response brief is due on or before April 22, 2019.

State Senator Dave Craig who represents all of Franklin explained in a letter to Franklin Mayor Steve Olson and members of the Franklin Common Council that he is co-sponsoring legislation regarding violations of the law relating to the practice of massage therapy or bodywork therapy.

Under current WI law a massage therapist, bodywork therapist , masseur or masseuse must be licensed by the Massage Therapy and Bodywork Therapy Affiliated Credentialing Board (Yes, it’s a mouthful but we’re talking about the government).

The bill Craig is co-sponsoring authorizes  a city, village, or town to enact and enforce an ordinance prohibiting a person from violating the law by imposing forfeitures of up to $1,000.

Violators would also be subject  to a criminal fine of not more than $1,000 for each violation or imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both.

In his letter Craig called illicit activities including prostitution and human trafficking as “a growing problem.” He hopes this legislation will allow local communities to “stop unscrupulous businesses from engaging in unlawful conduct.”

 

Channel 12 reported in November of 2015…

Because of a no contest plea entered on April 17, 2017, the defendant Shuying Ding was found guilty of Keeping a Place of Prostitution, a class H felony.  She was instructed not to own, operate or manage any spas.

However, on March 14, 2019, the defendant by her attorney filed a motion seeking to withdraw her no contest plea. The court has reviewed the motion and is seeking a response from the State. The State’s response brief is due on or before April 22, 2019.

State Senator Dave Craig who represents all of Franklin explained in a letter to Franklin Mayor Steve Olson and members of the Franklin Common Council that he is co-sponsoring legislation regarding violations of the law relating to the practice of massage therapy or bodywork therapy.

Under current WI law a massage therapist, bodywork therapist , masseur or masseuse must be licensed by the Massage Therapy and Bodywork Therapy Affiliated Credentialing Board (Yes, it’s a mouthful but we’re talking about the government).

The bill Craig is co-sponsoring authorizes  a city, village, or town to enact and enforce an ordinance prohibiting a person from violating the law by imposing forfeitures of up to $1,000.

Violators would also be subject  to a criminal fine of not more than $1,000 for each violation or imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both.

In his letter Craig called illicit activities including prostitution and human trafficking as “a growing problem.” He hopes this legislation will allow local communities to “stop unscrupulous businesses from engaging in unlawful conduct.”

 

 

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