In this episode of Bucks County Conversations, we’re talking about a recently passed county-wide ordinance that aims to crack down on human trafficking by regulating the operation of massage parlors.
Chelsey Jackman, assistant county solicitor, joins us to break down how the ordinance will function, specifically through the Consumer Protection Department, as well as the Health Department.
“In about the last decade one of the questions I was so often asked in dealing with human trafficking was ‘Does it really exist in Bucks County?’ and it does,” said Jackman, who previously served as chief of human trafficking prosecutions at the Bucks County District Attorney's Office.
And later, Mike Bannon, Director of Consumer Protection/Weights and Measures joins to talk about his unique department that deals with everything from gas pump inspections to fraudulent contractors to now, helping to crack down on human trafficking.
“No massage parlor needs to be open at three o’clock in the morning,” he said. “If you see something, say something.”
As part of the new ordinance, an “Unlawful massage business report/complaint form” is available on our website and can be filled out anonymously.
Bucks County Conversations is a podcast that captures real conversations happening within Bucks County's government. Each episode features topical, important discussions about the county, including key points of the Bucks County Commissioners’ meeting, and discussion of new projects, initiatives and upcoming events. Available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
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