Residents fuming as Eagle Rock becomes ground zero for massage parlors
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Police say they've seen numerous illicit massage parlors open in Hollywood, Koreatown and the San Fernando Valley. But the biggest explosion has been in Eagle Rock, a community that was also inundated with medical marijuana dispensaries.
An online directory of erotic massage establishments lists nearly 30 in Eagle Rock and Glassell Park, including 15 on a two-mile stretch of Eagle Rock Boulevard. One of them, Surprise Massage, advertises "Fairytale Oriental Massage" with "Sexy Pretty Asian Girls NOW."
"You can drive down the street and see one on every block," said Michael Larsen, president of the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council. "Our community is being inundated with prostitution."
Added Eagle Rock businessman Rudy Martinez: "If you sit on our patio, you can see about 30 to 40 men coming in and out of there. They stay for 15 to 20 minutes. I've never seen one woman walk in."
Read Kate Linthicum's full story: Erotic massage parlors proliferate in L.A. communities