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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.
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.