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These 4 Zodiac Signs Love Texting & They’re Probably Blowing Up Your Phone Right Now

I don’t know about you, but when I hear the sound of a text message popping up on my phone, I always have a reaction. I mean, maybe it’s a friend of mine who’s got some juicy gossip to share. Maybe it’s my crush sending me heart eyes and kissing face emojis. Maybe it’s a text I’ve been dreading receiving all day long. Considering how integral texting is to the daily grind, it sure makes life an emotional roller-coaster, doesn’t it? But you know you love the rush, especially if you’re one of the zodiac signs who love texting the most. If you’ve got placements in Gemini, Cancer, Virgo, or Sagittarius, I bet you can’t keep your hands off your phone to save your life.

Some of us are just downright obsessed with texting and it’s a double-edged sword. I’m sure you’re familiar with the embarrassed feeling of knowing you’re texting someone way too much. You may have even had to wonder whether you should reply now or reply in an hour just so you don’t look like you’re always on your phone… even though you definitely are. But on the other hand, you’re always a reliable person to have a conversation with. Whenever someone has an interesting story to tell or they need someone to vent to, you’re probably the first person they think of. You use all the cutest emojis, entertain everyone with your sparkling wit, and it’s you who makes iMessages go round.

 

GEMINI: THEY WANT TO TEXT YOU EVERY THOUGHT THEY HAVE

Is it any wonder that Gemini can text up a storm? This zodiac sign is ruled by Mercury — plane of communication — so obviously Geminis are obsessed with typing away on their phone. Whether they’ve got a cool thought on their mind or some piping hot tea to spill, they’ll definitely send you a string of messages and you’ll love reading every single one of them. Geminis are just hilarious and you won’t be mad they texted you. The problem? They might forget to text you back.

 

CANCER: THEY LOVE KEEPING EVERYONE IN THE LOOP

Cancers care so much about staying up to date with their loved ones, and what better way is there to do that than through texting? They love hearing all about how your day is going and they’ll send you the most caring and thoughtful responses. The best part? They don’t text just anybody — if you’re one of the people they’ve chosen to text, they take your conversation very seriously. In fact, it’s probably rare there’s ever even a lull in it.

 

VIRGO: THEY’LL TAKE ANY CHANCE TO WRITE A BEAUTIFUL TEXT

You’re a writer at heart and you almost love texting more than you love talking in person. After all, you get to whip out your literary genius when texting. Plus, you probably get a bit shy on the phone, so texting is really your favorite thing. It’s rare that you even take all that long to reply, considering how much you hate procrastinating and watching all your texts pile up. People know they can rely on you for quick and enthralling text-versation.

 

SAGITTARIUS: THEY’LL SEND YOU MEMES ALL DAY LONG

The internet is a hilarious place and you, my friend, are a hilarious texter. Not only do you love talking and keeping the “buzz” going in your life, it’s as if you attract funny memes and tweets like a magnet. You can’t just keep them all to yourself, so naturally, you’ve got to send them out to all the people you know will appreciate your droll and clever sense of humor. You’re definitely that person sitting on your phone and laughing to yourself in public.

 

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‘Who’s buying sex in Center City on lunch break?’ Bill takes aim at sex trafficking at massage parlors

Behind darkened doors, barred windows, or surveilled entrances, thousands of massage parlors hiding exploited sex workers are operating across the country. But lately, in some cities, more of the visitors knocking on their doors are inspectors.

In San Francisco, 150 illicit massage businesses have been shut down since 2015 largely thanks to enforcement of a new municipal code. A toughened ordinance led to the shutdown of 38 businesses in Houston within a year.

And nationwide, at least 13 cities have proposed new ordinances since a report in January documented the operation of more than 9,000 illicit massage businesses in the U.S. — establishments that are commonly used as fronts for sex trafficking of vulnerable women.

 

Philadelphia could be next to join; on Thursday, Councilman William K. Greenlee introduced a bill to add regulations aimed at making a dent in the number of such businesses here.

In several cities, recently enacted measures have successfully shut down illicit businesses without penalizing the workers, who are often victims of trafficking. The approach is a far cry from the traditional police busts that result in prostitution arrests for the workers but do little to stop the owners from reopening a week later with a new name or new employees.

 

“We want to make sure that these places aren’t just fronts for human trafficking,” said Greenlee, who plans to talk with stakeholders about the proposal over the summer. “Human trafficking is clearly a problem and it’s happening, at least to some [extent], in our city. … We need to try to address it.”

The bill would create licensing and registration requirements that would put burdens on owners opening illegitimate shops.  Violations could shut down businesses and discourage new ones from opening.

 

“We need to make it harder for these businesses to just pop up and go down and pop up,” said Shea Rhodes, director of the Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation, whom Greenlee’s office consulted.

Since January, 46 illicit massage businesses have been shut down across the country in part or completely because of code enforcement, according to Polaris, an advocacy group that runs the national human-trafficking hotline and that released the January report.

About 260 illicit massage businesses are in Pennsylvania and 370 in New Jersey. They operate in the city and neighboring counties, the Inquirer and Daily News has reported.

The businesses are most commonly staffed by female immigrants from Asian countries who come here under false promises of visas, good pay, or a new life, according to Polaris. They are then forced into sex work by massage-business owners, who add on debt after debt to keep the women in servitude.

 

Greenlee’s bill would require every massage establishment to be licensed with the city in addition to the state, display certificates and prices publicly, keep detailed records of services, and not operate outside the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Under the bill, violations found during inspections could result in fines of $200 to $2,000, which can add up daily, and possible license suspension or revocation. It also includes a proposed  $500 annual license fee.

 

Code enforcement can cause businesses to shut down through several paths: The owner’s license is revoked, the number of violations add up and the operation can successfully be closed down as a nuisance, or the violations are used as evidence in a criminal case. Plus, the owner may decide to close up shop when facing fines.

 

“The owners just say, ‘This isn’t worth it,’ ” said Meghan Carton, strategic initiatives specialist with Polaris. “In Philadelphia, where they haven’t had a civil enforcement tool, this will be a shock to [owners].”

 

The bill would hold owners accountable for any violations by the business, thus protecting the workers from fines. It also requires workers to be fully clothed.

Greenlee’s draft bill could change after conversations with experts and other stakeholders, his office said. Key provisions in other cities have included a regulation against anyone living or sleeping on business premises, which can prevent workers from being held captive inside, and against internal locks, so that workers cannot be confined in rooms with clients and inspectors can open the door unannounced.

Other ordinances have aimed to keep the businesses from cropping up after being shut down by prohibiting another massage business from opening in the same location or by barring an owner from opening another business. Those provisions aren’t yet in Philadelphia’s bill.

 

Villanova’s Rhodes said there also needs to be more awareness that paying for sex is a crime.

 

“Who’s buying sex in Center City on their lunch break?” she asked. “What businesses do they work for? And how are they finding the locations to go and buy sex? Are they using their desk phones and desk computers to search for it?”

 

As part of its strategic plan against human trafficking, Houston in 2016 strengthened its massage-business ordinance, created a municipal court diversion program to connect potential victims with legal services, and set up a program to find them care and temporary shelter.

 

And in San Francisco, health department officials have used a mix of citations, penalties, permit suspensions and revocations, local zoning regulations, and discerning review of new permit applications to reduce the number of permitted massage establishments in the city from 350 to 193.

 

“The employees are generally viewed as the victims, so the fines and penalties are largely directed toward the owners,” said Patrick Fosdahl, an assistant director in the city’s Department of Public Health.

Officials and experts have one other group in mind when crafting these laws: real massage therapists. The bill is crafted to put a minimal burden on aboveboard businesses.

 

“We’re not trying to hurt the legitimate massage therapists,” Greenlee said. “We have a problem here in Philadelphia and we need to try to address it the best we can.”

 

 

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