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Bill Seeks to Target Businesses Engaged in Human Trafficking

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    Bill Seeks to Target Businesses Engaged in Human Trafficking

    The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill aimed at closing the so-called "bodyworks loophole'' that critics say helps businesses act as fronts for human trafficking.

    The bill, sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Mark Montigny, would add "bodyworkers,'' bodywork therapy and bodywork facilities to the state's licensing structure overseen by the Division of Professional Licensure. The bill, approved Thursday by the Senate, would restructure the Board of Registration of Massage Therapy to include two bodyworks practitioners and a law enforcement representative specialized in human trafficking.

    Under current law, the practice of bodyworks therapy is not licensed, unlike massage therapy.

    Attorney General Maura Healey said her office has investigated establishments that purported to offer "bodyworks'' or "bodywork therapy'' but were fronts for human trafficking operations.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    The bill now heads to the House.

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