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Overdue to license massage therapists

Considering the closed-door intimacy involved in one person giving another a massage, it's surprising that neither Kansas nor Wichita requires massage therapists to be licensed — and not surprising that the activity would invite prostitution. A week after the arrests of 10 people implicated in a prostitution ring allegedly operating out of local massage parlors, city officials are smart to be talking about such licensing. It would safeguard not only clients but also the reputations of trained massage therapists and the integrity of their profession.