Took the words right out of my mouth TH10.
This was the only way the reasonably straight saunas were going to get closed down and now it's going to happen it seems. Still, they've got a year of their licences to run.
Edinburgh's great and good talking openly about how the saunas were the best way to protect sex workers was always going to result in the innocent bystander asking "Why aren't they being done for brothel-keeping?"
The unelected police, despite criticism on here and other places, were never going to bring charges of brothel keeping against the reasonable saunas as long as the democratically elected council gave them a blessing by licencing them. All the pressure of the past year was to get to this position, where the council are seen to be protecting brothels, and they've caved in.
I know we're punters, but we can't blind ourselves to the fact that, like it or not, living off keeping a brothel is illegal and, while they'll always exist, it was too much to expect them to exist in the form they have done for a good while in Edinburgh.
Scotland could, of course, learn from this and legalise brothel keeping. Starting from now, that would become law in an SNP controlled parliament in about August 2014. Any bets on that? I thought not.