How Do You Report an Inappropriate Massage?

Updated on September 11, 2008
C.S. asks from Denver, CO
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I wasn't sure where else to go with this question. I'm coming up with dead ends and this board always comes through for me. About six months ago, I responded to a "free massage" ad on CL, the story seemed to make sense when I asked about it (the lady said she bought them in packs of five, she was going to be out of town before the last one expires...) when I went and got the massage, the man was completely- COMPLETELY- inappropriate, even after I asked him to stop. I didn't report him at the time like I should have because I thought it would be a "his word against mine" situation. Yesterday, the same "free massage" ad popped up again on CL. I don't want anyone else going through that. Does anyone know who to report this to?

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I decided that I couldn't risk letting someone else fall prey to this scam, so I called the police. Since then, more women have come forward and he's been arrested. Thank you so much for your support and advice! I don't think I would have had the guts to move forward without all of the great advice I received here.

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D.H.

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C.,

I am so sorry that this happened to you. I am a massage therapist and it disgusts me that someone would use our profession to hurt others. The first thing you do is report this to the police department of the city where this happened. You didn't go into detail about exactly what was inappropriate, but any unwanted physical advance should be reported.

Second, report this to Craigslist. They will assist the police in finding the people, (At least the email address and information they used to post the ad.)

Third, there are massage associations that could sanction the person if he is, an actual therapist. The biggest ones are the IMA, International Massage Association, and the ABMP the Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals. You can find them online.

Please feel free to email me if you think I can help in any way or need to talk to someone further about this.
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C.M.

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C., sorry that you had to go through this.
I know on craigslist you can flag a posting and it is removed but before you do this you should print the page out and take it to the police.

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B.W.

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Hi! I'm so sorry you have had to deal with this. It sounds like he was totally unprofessional and inappropriate. It's people like him that give Massage Therapists a bad name. Do you know much about him? Is he certified and where? If he has any credentials like NCMT, that would be the place to start. The organizations that license us are the ones that regulate our activities.
Please except my apologize on behalf of Massage Therapists,
B. Witt

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V.H.

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Well you can flag the add and I would also post a message about this person and what happened, If it's the same poster that you had replied to before put their name on the post.
Hopefully you can stop it from happening to someone else...

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C.K.

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You need to report it to CL (flag the posting and report him)and to the police! That is really serious!

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