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Is Advertising Online Illegal?

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Ok a lady has just designed and paid for a moonfruit template site that so many of us use.

Her site did not show up so she sent them a message and this is the reply she got back:

Hi,

Thank you for your query. Your site has been locked due to an infrigement of our terms and conditions.

We are obliged to operate under the UK legislation, and all websites hosted by us must comply to the law, as we are liable for them, as you are. Unfortunately advertising sexual services online is illegal, so we kindly ask you to remove any references to this from your site before we unlock it.

You can login on your site via the following url:

http://****************

Let me know once that's done and I'll unlock your site.

Kind regards,

Antoine

I am sorry but I had no idea that advertising online is illegal when prostitution in the UK is LEGAL??

Can anyone shed any light on to why this may be??

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Ok a lady has just designed and paid for a moonfruit template site that so many of us use.

Her site did not show up so she sent them a message and this is the reply she got back:

Hi,

Thank you for your query. Your site has been locked due to an infrigement of our terms and conditions.

We are obliged to operate under the UK legislation, and all websites hosted by us must comply to the law, as we are liable for them, as you are. Unfortunately advertising sexual services online is illegal, so we kindly ask you to remove any references to this from your site before we unlock it.

You can login on your site via the following url:

http://****************

Let me know once that's done and I'll unlock your site.

Kind regards,

Antoine

I am sorry but I had no idea that advertising online is illegal when prostitution in the UK is LEGAL??

Can anyone shed any light on to why this may be??

Sab

the lady involved should ask monfruit which UK law she is breaking, and ask then to quote the relevant statute.

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Sab

the lady involved should ask monfruit which UK law she is breaking, and ask then to quote the relevant statute.

Yes I have asked her to do that.

S x

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Yes I have asked her to do that.

S x

There is nothing illegal about advertising sexual services.

Some politicians and members of parliament have suggested that a newspaper etc. accepting an advert for a parlour could be charged with aiding and abetting the running of a brothel etc. but that's just scare tactics, and is totally untested in British law. In any case there's nothing remotely illegal about a woman working for herself, and a single escort advertising her services is definitely not breaking the law.

As others have said ask the website providers which law they're talking about. Should be interesting reading if nothing else.

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There is nothing illegal about advertising sexual services.

Some politicians and members of parliament have suggested that a newspaper etc. accepting an advert for a parlour could be charged with aiding and abetting the running of a brothel etc. but that's just scare tactics, and is totally untested in British law. In any case there's nothing remotely illegal about a woman working for herself, and a single escort advertising her services is definitely not breaking the law.

As others have said ask the website providers which law they're talking about. Should be interesting reading if nothing else.

You could try this as a response.....

"Thank you Antoine for your response.

I have to inform you that, despite the best efforts of various UK politicians, prostitution is not illegal.

Kerb crawling and touting for business on street corners is illegal.

Running a brothel or an escort agency is illegal

It is obviously illegal for under 18s to be prostitutes.

It is not illegal, however, for an adult to work as a prostitute and to advertise their services in private.

The internet is not classed as a public place, it is a private place. There is no crime, or even any suggestion of a crime, in setting up a website to advertise your OWN services.

If you disagree with this can you please tell me EXACTLY which law you believe my website is in breach of. Thankyou."

Edited by punter992005

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You could try this as a response.....

"Thank you Antoine for your response.

I have to inform you that, despite the best efforts of various UK politicians, prostitution is not illegal.

Kerb crawling and touting for business on street corners is illegal.

Running a brothel or an escort agency is illegal

It is obviously illegal for under 18s to be prostitutes.

It is not illegal, however, for an adult to work as a prostitute and to advertise their services in private.

The internet is not classed as a public place, it is a private place. There is no crime, or even any suggestion of a crime, in setting up a website to advertise your OWN services.

If you disagree with this can you please tell me EXACTLY which law you believe my website is in breach of. Thankyou."

Magnificent! I also emailed them but not from any emails associated with my websites so I don't expect much of a response!

S x

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I am sorry but I had no idea that advertising online is illegal when prostitution in the UK is LEGAL??

If this arises again, it might be worth pointing out to "Antoine" that there is a distinct shortage of UK CRIMINAL law. I'm pretty sure that there is no law against advertising in England and Wales (else, for instance, why would they need the specific prohibition on telephone box carding?) and given that an attempt to ban the whole sex industry, including advertising was voted down in the Scottish Parliament this summer, I'm certain that it isn't in Scotland either.

Northern Ireland usually follows England & Wales.

Anyone like to comment on the other "bits", like IoM, the Channel Islands?

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Ok a lady has just designed and paid for a moonfruit template site that so many of us use.

Her site did not show up so she sent them a message and this is the reply she got back:

Hi,

Thank you for your query. Your site has been locked due to an infrigement of our terms and conditions.

We are obliged to operate under the UK legislation, and all websites hosted by us must comply to the law, as we are liable for them, as you are. Unfortunately advertising sexual services online is illegal, so we kindly ask you to remove any references to this from your site before we unlock it.

You can login on your site via the following url:

http://****************

Let me know once that's done and I'll unlock your site.

Kind regards,

Antoine

I am sorry but I had no idea that advertising online is illegal when prostitution in the UK is LEGAL??

Can anyone shed any light on to why this may be??

But isn’t there, perhaps, another issue – though surprising given the number of WGs who use Moonfruit? It’s quite possible that, whilst not breaking the law, their Ts and Cs are being infringed in much the same way that Paypals won’t accept business from escorts, and Antoine is getting her knickers in a twist over the legal aspect.

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But isn’t there, perhaps, another issue – though surprising given the number of WGs who use Moonfruit? It’s quite possible that, whilst not breaking the law, their Ts and Cs are being infringed in much the same way that Paypals won’t accept business from escorts, and Antoine is getting her knickers in a twist over the legal aspect.

I had heard they sometimes get upset about explicit photos - moonfruit that is.

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I had heard they sometimes get upset about explicit photos - moonfruit that is.

I have a feeling it was because her content was quite explicit, when I typed in her url the tags were very much so!

I never did get a response from Moonfruit.

S x

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You could try this as a response.....

"Thank you Antoine for your response.

I have to inform you that, despite the best efforts of various UK politicians, prostitution is not illegal.

Kerb crawling and touting for business on street corners is illegal.

Running a brothel or an escort agency is illegal

It is obviously illegal for under 18s to be prostitutes.

It is not illegal, however, for an adult to work as a prostitute and to advertise their services in private.

The internet is not classed as a public place, it is a private place. There is no crime, or even any suggestion of a crime, in setting up a website to advertise your OWN services.

If you disagree with this can you please tell me EXACTLY which law you believe my website is in breach of. Thankyou."

Is it illegal to run an escort agency? As I thought it was only illegal if you were found to be profiting from a prostitute, e.g. pushing a woman into prostitute and demanding a cut from her profits?

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Is it illegal to run an escort agency? As I thought it was only illegal if you were found to be profiting from a prostitute, e.g. pushing a woman into prostitute and demanding a cut from her profits?

Yes, it's controlling prositution for gain (section 53 Sexual Offences Act 2003) and inevitably money laundering (POCA 2002).

The risk of prosecution is low though.

The CPS can be reluctant to prosecute. They got a bit of a shock in the "Silk & Lace" case where the defendants were found not guilty by the jury even though they chose not to take the stand and give evidence:

http://news.bbc.co.u...and/7064710.stm

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