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Naked massage ends in suspension for Temptations Studio

There was no happy ending for Temptations Studio at a city council meeting Monday. - Matthew Hoekstra photo
There was no happy ending for Temptations Studio at a city council meeting Monday.
— image credit: Matthew Hoekstra photo

A naked masseuse caught on her knees satisfying a naked customer has landed Temptations Studio a month-long business licence suspension.

At a special city council meeting Monday afternoon, civic politicians unanimously voted to close the doors on the massage parlour for 30 days for the second time in 16 months.

"I think this is a fair suspension," said Coun. Evelina Halsey-Brandt. "We have bylaws. We expect our bylaws to be strictly enforced—and they are."

On Sept. 25 at 11:15 p.m. police entered Temptations Studio, at 201-3871 No. 3 Rd., to conduct a random inspection.

It was in the "Blue Room" that a police officer found a masseuse performing a sex act on her male customer. Both were completely naked, save for the customer's condom, the report said.

City regulations require massage parlour staff wear clothing covering their bodies between the neck and top of the knee, and sleeves must reach below the elbows.

The customer, a Vancouver man, told police he paid $160 cash for a massage, and "nothing was indicated or implied that anything sexual would occur," the report said. The customer told police it was "unusual" that the masseuse took off all her clothing before massaging his genitals and giving him oral sex.

But the owner disputes the allegation of sex, claiming the customer wasn't telling the truth to police. The customer was a "regular client," despite telling police this was his first visit, according to a document submitted to a show cause hearing.

The city says the owner is Gulnara Alexandrov, who was issued a bylaw infraction ticket. The business is disputing the ticket, and the case has yet to be heard in court, staff noted.

Appearing before council Monday, Alexandrov confirmed management checks each massage room twice during a half-hour appointment.

Coun. Evelina Halsey-Brandt responded: "I find it difficult how all that could have happened between two checks."

Council heard the masseuse in question previously worked in Vancouver—where she performed topless massages—and believed massaging in the buff was permitted.

Coun. Greg Halsey-Brandt acknowledged a 30-day suspension for the business is "quite serious," but called the offence a "serious breach of our bylaws."

This is the business's second infraction. The first, in 2009, occurred under different management.

In that case, police came across a similar situation—finding a naked female masseuse with a male customer, who was only wearing a condom. The man told police he paid $190 for the undetermined service.

Temptations will serve its suspension from Feb. 18 to March 20.

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