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Legislation aims to crack down on “illicit massage parlors” in effort to expand trafficking investigations

Montana’s prostitution statutes don’t criminalize the buying or selling of non-penetrative sex. That means the state’s “illicit massage parlors,” as they’re referred to by law enforcement, weren’t breaking the law if workers provided sexual activity that didn’t involve penetration. A bill aims to change that by broadening the law to include “sexual contact that is direct and not through clothing” to the already prohibited exchange of sexual intercourse.