has launched the "Frederick Crusades" against moral corruption!
She has set forth to abolish bawdy houses, spas, massage
parlors, whatever it is you want to call them, (they are
indeed houses of ill-repute), from our city.
It is shocking to find out that many people purport they
do not know that these establishments exist and are more
shocked to find out what goes on inside them. While it isn't
fit to publish all that goes on, the transaction goes something
One goes to the spa and is taken for a massage. The patron
receives touches that one could say were massage like in
nature as one is given a menu that explains what else the
"masseuse" would be willing to do, if you asked. They explain
that they will perform those acts for a "tip" and that since
it is a "tip" and the act is consensual in nature that it
is supposedly legal.
Some claim that since nothing more than a bit of "innocent
handling may" happen during the massage process, it is okay.
One only needs to look at a web site that was recently pointed
out (which will not be publicized in this column) that lists
these types of establishments throughout the world. The
site goes on to point out what the patrons may expect if
they patronize Spa A instead of Spa B.
Several Frederick establishments are listed.
A look at this site clearly sets forth that more than some
"innocent handling" is to be had if you are willing to "tip"
A recent count showed that five spas existed on or right
off the Golden Mile, while at least one exists elsewhere
in the city. Another three are known to exist in the county.
Not all that many months ago, Herzonner found herself shocked
at the discussion of these establishments and what goes
While on Pressing Issues, Adelphia Cable 10's local talk
show, the topic of the "Black Book" led to a discussion
of prostitution in Frederick. The issue of the spas came
up in the context of the question, "Why aren't these establishments
raided and the employees and patrons prosecuted for their
illegal acts as are those who are arrested practicing their
trade on Market Street?"
Part of the discussion centered on the aspect that the streetwalkers
and their customers are doing it flagrantly and therefore
deserve to be arrested.
Also discussed was the aspect that it may be a matter of
economics. Some of the acts you may get from a street gal
for $25.00 will go for a $100.00 tip from a spa gal.
The point being that maybe, just maybe, there is a much
better clientele inside the spas who, out of privilege,
should be given the benefit of having the police look the
Also, brought up on the program was the idea that the State's
Attorney's (hereafter, SA) office won't prosecute those
arrested inside the spas anyway, so why should police take
the time to arrest?
Take for instance, the most recent case taken to the SA's
office after Evergreen Spa was raided. All charges were
dropped for "lack of evidence."
Further, the entire matter of the bawdy house that led to
the "Black Book" debacle was kicked from this SA's office.
Some years ago, a police officer, after having gone into
Alpine Spa, at the time Frederick's only spa, found that
more was expected to happen than a massage.
He took the matter to then Delegate Anita Stup, who wanted
to craft legislation that would prevent these establishments
from operating. This SA said he would not support the legislation.
Without the SA's support, Mrs. Stup felt the legislation
would not pass and the matter was dropped.
Also discussed on Cable 10 that night was the idea that
the SA chooses to turn a blind eye to the matter altogether.
It has been said that a leak inside the SA's office attributed
the office's policy to being a lassie-se-f aire one in regards
to the activity at the spas.
The leaker is alleged to have claimed that the SA maintains
that policy because it is the belief of the office that
instances of spousal abuse have dropped as men have the
opportunity to gain release from their pressures at the
spas that they are not getting at home.
Whatever the reason things haven't happened in the past,
there has been a vow by Herzonner that things will happen
in the future to shut these places down. Or at least change
their business practices.
Maybe they will just become legitimate spas. Doubt that.
Stopping the behavior in these establishments that "cross
the line" is the right thing to do. It affords equal application
of the law.
A neighbor to one of the spas has said that he has received
gifts from the woman who owns the spa. He doesn't know for
sure why he gets them but said the gifts have been everything
from cakes and cookies to offers of the extravagant.
Wonder if she will offer gifts to Herzonner? Would she accept
It is all about the equal application of the law, isn't