A strip-mall happy-ending spot in Phoenix, Arizona, one of nearly 5, Asian erotic massage parlors across America. Photo by Todd Huffman via Flickr. We know you're busy. You probably didn't have time to read every article we published on VICE. So we've compiled a list of some of our favorites and will be re-featuring them on the homepage through the end of This one originally published on March 20th.
Sign in. Watch now. An intriguing exploration of the Asian massage parlor industry in Providence, RI, where a 25 year-old loophole has made the exchange of sex for money legal - as long as it happens behind closed doors. As the documentary follows a recent Korean immigrant, "Heather", working to operate her spa, the city's mayor fights to change the law that allows her business a legal existence.
In literature, a happy ending describes a story where the heroes achieve the best possible outcome and wrap up loose ends while forest animals look on in approval. In the world of erotic massage, however, a happy ending is entirely different, illegal in most places, and definitely not suitable for innocent animals. Erotic massage has been around for centuries. Ancient Greek doctors prescribed it to patients, for instance, and it remains an important part of contemporary Tantric practice.
We stayed at a couple of beautiful SPG properties, and decided to get Chinese massages at one of the hotel spas. Unfortunately the ordeal ended up being more red-light district than Red Door. Things started off a little rocky, but not too bad. Clearly there was a language barrier.