Edinburgh's sex industry
Edinburgh's sex industry
THE number of men charged by police after trawling the Capital's streets for prostitutes has almost doubled in two years, new figures show.
AN application to open a massage parlour on Easter Road has raised "grave concerns" that the area will become known as a red light district.
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THE city's deputy leader today defended Edinburgh's system of licensed saunas amid calls to close down those where sex is being sold.
THE Balmoral Hotel says it takes a "zero tolerance" approach to prostitution after the News revealed high-class call girls were using its rooms.
DRESSED in black netted tights, her flimsy coat pulled tightly around her face, a frail-looking woman steps gingerly over patches of ice in a towering pair of leopard-print high heels.
HIGH-CLASS prostitutes are secretly selling sex in the Balmoral Hotel because it is one of the safest places in Edinburgh to meet clients, an Evening News investigation can reveal.
Every morning, Laura Lee wakes up, takes a shower and makes her ten-year-old daughter breakfast. She puts on a smart suit, grabs her briefcase and enjoys a brisk walk to work. Her first meeting with an important client is scheduled for 9am.
BY its very nature, the sex industry is a mystery to the majority of people - those who don't engage with it, never mind work in it or use its services.
THE number of men arrested by police while trawling for street prostitutes in Edinburgh has risen, new figures reveal.
A PROPOSED crackdown on lap dancing venues has been thrown out by MSPs despite winning the support of the government.
STRIP club owners have hit out at plans to crack down on lap dancing, and accused politicians of putting their dancers at risk.
THE Scottish Government is to await the findings of an inquiry into human trafficking before any further review on prostitution, after MSPs threw out plans to criminalise selling sex.
THE call by MSP Sandra White for tougher legislation to control the spread and activities of lap-dance bars is not a new one but as the whole issue seems historically to be fraught with legal difficulties she will have a tough task on her hands.
MSPs are being asked to bring in a new law which would allow councils to ban lap-dancing.
UP TO one in four prostitutes working off-street in Scotland is from South America.
SEX is for sale just yards from the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on The Mound, and next door to a school for ministers.
A JUDGE has ruled that sauna girls in the Capital are not liable for VAT payments over their cut from door fees paid by customers.
EDINBURGH'S long-running support service for prostitutes is to be wound up after funding was cut by two thirds.
IT'S a dramatic role reversal for regulars at a city centre strip bar.
CAMPAIGNERS are pressing for another change in the law on prostitution, which would see sex for sale in the Capital's saunas outlawed, just a year after kerb-crawling was made illegal.