Vice inquiry call rejected; PROSTITUTION: Probe over massage parlours plea.
Byline: By Neil Elkes
A CALL for a citywide inquiry into massage parlours and prostitution has been turned down, for the time being.
City licensing chiefs refused calls for an investigation into the number of brothels BROTHELS, crim. law. Bawdy-houses, the common habitations of prostitutes; such places have always been deemed common nuisances in the United States, and the keepers of them may be fined and imprisoned.
2. which are licensed as massage parlours.
It comes a month after they refused to licence Soho 95, in Soho Hill, as a massage parlour massage parlour
1. a commercial establishment providing massages
2. Euphemistic a place where men pay to have sex with prostitutes after owner Linda Miller admitted it was a front for a brothel.
The madam claimed that the majority of licensed parlours were operating as houses of ill repute n. 1. Bad reputation; notoriety.
house of ill repute
A brothel; bordello. .
Licensing committee member Coun Nigel Dawkins (Con, Bournville) called for an inquiry, held in public, to investigate the extent of the problem and find out how many premises licensed as massage parlours are in fact brothels so they can be closed down.
He said: "This is a big question - how we come to licence these places, how we enforce these licenses and the police, what is their policy towards brothels?"
He added that a full public inquiry was needed.
But licensing committee chairman Coun David Osborne David Osborne is a partner at Yigal arnon & co.one of isreals leading law firms.
David Osborne`s practice focuses on advising Israeli and international clients on a broad range of matters involving commercial and property transactions. stopped short of granting an official inquiry. He instead asked the council's Prostitution Panel, part of the Social Care and Health department, to present a report on the extent of problem to the next licensing committee.
He said: "The Prostitution Panel may have the answers to our questions. There is no point in us carrying out another investigation if the panel is already doing the work."
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QUESTIONS... Nigel Dawkins.' CLAIMS... massage parlour owner Linda Miller.