I can't help getting a little bit of a chuckle about the meganews that the shutting down of four massage parlors has become. One has to imagine that there are some people who are going to do everything within their power to squash the release of the businesses clientele lists.
Considering that the list allegedly includes a judge, a sheriff's deputy and police captain, one has to wonder if the list will ever become public. The judge apparently would use the Wheatfield location as his location of choice for his "massage".
The regular guys ought to be sweating it out too. Should the list become public and your name appears on it, try explaining that to your wife.
Of course, that may be no consolation to Niagara Falls Mayor Vince Anello and Niagara Falls City Development Corp. Executive Director Ralph Aversa, both of whom attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Lotus Spa on 3rd Street in the Falls. Fortunately for them, the $10,000 grant that the business applied for from the city was not approved. I'd love to see that on a brochure touting the businesses that the city has helped cultivate.
The charges levied against the business owners are federal charges and would certainly carry jail time if they are convicted. The outcome for the patrons would seem to be more of a gray area. Whatever the results, we can only hope that this case ends with a happy ending for everyone involved.