Lord knows one of the worst crimes haunting our community is the evil of unlicensed massage. We just don't understand how parents can sleep at night knowing their children are growing up in a world where women, without proper documentation and trying to make ends meet, are lubing up the backs of strangers.
Miami-Dade's medical fraud unit regularly cracks down on the practice, but a recent sting is the center of an internal affairs investigation. Attorneys for Mind Body and Soul Massage claim detectives stole money and bullied employees during a sting January 14 and released surveillance video to Local 10 that they say proves it.
A half-naked undercover detective gets up from the table after the unlicensed massage begins and lets in three other detectives.The Local 10 copy says guns are drawn, though the accompanying video doesn't show that.
What is shown is detectives taking something from underneath a keyboard. The massage parlor claims that was $190 of their money. The police claim it was money used in the sting that they were merely retrieving.
Two young women were arrested for not having massage licenses, but the rest of the details aren't being released because the incident is under investigation.
Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.