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Monday's Axios Denver stories

Jul 19, 2021 - Axios Denver

Denver adopts massage parlor licensing to combat human trafficking

Photo: George Rose/Getty Images

Human traffickers will have a harder time doing illegal business in Denver thanks to a new ordinance passed by city officials Monday.

Driving the news: The Denver City Council approved a police-backed ordinance that requires massage businesses to obtain licenses to operate by July 1, 2022.

  • The new policy also bars sex acts on massage parlor premises.
Jul 19, 2021 - Axios Denver

A health code crackdown is brewing — and stirring controversy

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Businesses could be charged 400% more for violating Denver's public health code under a new proposal from the head of the city's health department that's drawing swift opposition from some industry leaders.

Driving the news: A City Council committee last week unanimously advanced a bill backed by public health director Bob McDonald that would raise the maximum fine for public health violations from $999 to $5,000.