Evening gents and ladies
As stated in the topic it's a well known fact that unless you are getting a legit massage, such establishments are illegal. Why is it that some are shut down whist others are tolerated by the local police force? in fact my local one was sponsoring a football team for a time, in what kind of payment who knows
I was talking to a girl the other week and she was shocked to know what she was doing was illegal! "But the owner pays tax" I had to chuckle once again at the lack of knowledge that some people have.
Obviously since new laws were brought in the onus is now on the client. i.e. we can be fined £1000?? do you think this will happen more or will local police forces will continue to tolerate establishments as long as there is no trouble, trafficking, or anti social behavior?
A brothel is illegal full stop but its the owner/manager/any staff that are actively helping run it that are breaking the law not the WGs or punters UNLESS its proved a woman was being coreced or was underage, something a punter has no way of knowing, but ignorance is not a defence with the coercion law passed by Harriet Harridan because its a strict liability offence.
However, passing a law and the police enforcing it are two different things and two years in our legal eagles still havent found a coercion conviction, clearly it was passed so as to scare punters off punting in the first place.
Whether a brothel is allowed to operate is down to the attitude of the top cops in any given area, this might change though in areas with elected police commisioners who may have religious or moral views about prostitution and/or see POCA as a great way of balancing their books. Its also essential to understand the police can now raid and benefit themselves under POCA, so some forces might take the view to allow a brothel to open and operate for a while and then raid after they have made some money.
After recent raids in MK a previously known very safe area for brothels and even more raids in Manchester we are perhaps seeing the start of a big clampdown, we shall see, i hope not as a punter who like punting in brothels.
To limit street prostitution has always been a reason given on forums for police allowing them to operate, i am not convinced thats a valid reason myself. I have read some brothels have said they give the police good local info. Neighbours complaining might well result in a raid.
The thing to bear in mind is at any moment a previously safe brothel could be raided, its at the whim of those top cops. A business with no foundations and if the owner has paid no tax they face controlling prostitutes for gain as a criminal offence and/or money laundering, tax evasion and possibly POCA, a real triple whammy.