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Advertising As Massage Parlour Illegal?

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Sorry if this has been done before, i couldn't find anything relevant in the search.

 

If a shop has adverts in the window, and that includes adverts for massage parlours.  Then it turns out that the massage parlour is probably a brothel-type-parlour.  Is this a crime.  My instinct says "no this is probably how it was done before the interwebs".  But my friend who runs a shop has just been threatened by a butch looking feminist who, having called the number and discerned that it was not a bonafide massage parlour, basically alleged that keeping the advert in the window was tantamount to people trafficking or something to that effect.

 

What is the legal status of this?

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newspapers such as the manchester evening news has adverts for massage parlours and escort agencies, loot also has similar ads as does the metro, so i can't see the problem in a shop having  similar ads in the window, but i'm no solicitor

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As you say, that's one of the main ways WGs advertised in the old days.

 

But - while I know nothing authoritative in legal terms - it can possibly depend on what approach the local police take.

 

Compare with parlours themselves where some get raided many don't; some forces have a reputation for tolerance (eg manchester) and some mount series of raids (eg Manchester).

 

In other words, who knows. So many laws are probably able to be interpreted in different ways.

 

The shopkeeper may be legally OK but wouldn't welcome someone determined to mount a campaign and get a photo in a local paper etc.

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Thanks for the responses!  I've been digging around and found a few articles where locals have mounted campaigns to 'pressurise' press and businessese from running such adverts.  Obviously most of the people doing this are genuinely concerned about trafficking and/or have a religious zeal to outlaw all prostitution, which is maybe why they seem so hysterical.

 

The CPS site says that a lot of newspapers stopped voluntarily.  I'm skeptical, reckon they thought it bought them some morals on the cheap when the internet took over.  It seems rather unfair that in some cases the police have prosecuted under the proceeds of crime act, when there's no clear legal line.  It also seems unfair that the mob, equating ALL prostitution with trafficking, finds it OK to pressurise people who are acting within the law.

 

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It seems rather unfair that in some cases the police have prosecuted under the proceeds of crime act, when there's no clear legal line. 

 

I doubt very much that anybody's been convicted for doing this under the money laundering offences of POCA 2002.

 

"Adequate consideration" is a defence. That means that the local shops, supermarkets, utility companies, cleaners etc etc aren't committing a crime in supplying goods and services to brothels and those who keep or manage them.

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Sorry if this has been done before, i couldn't find anything relevant in the search.

 

............ But my friend who runs a shop has just been threatened by a butch looking feminist who, having called the number and discerned that it was not a bonafide massage parlour, basically alleged that keeping the advert in the window was tantamount to people trafficking or something to that effect.

 

What is the legal status of this?

I'm no lawyer, but would advise your "friend" that if the "butch looking feminist" returns with further threats, he should suggest she stops harassing ?his? advertisers and threaten to call the fashion police.

CG

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The CPS site says that a lot of newspapers stopped voluntarily. 

 

its true that johnstone press stopped and for a time manchester evening news also, i believe this was due to threats from the labour govt to take papers to court in cases of forced trafficking involving the ads, the daily mail group ignored such threats and carried on advertising with their regional sister papers.

interesting that the m.e.n. is part of daily mirror group (labour supporting paper) the mirror first mentioned about, 25,000 sex slaves being in britain, yet now the m.e.n. is part of daily mirror group the adverts are back! how ironic!

your friend should point this out to the moral supremacist and see if she's brave enough to pick on the media rather than a shop

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