Not everyone is fond of the world’s oldest profession. But that doesn’t give Scotland’s new consolidated police force the right to sweep thousands of individuals under the rug
It’s no secret that Edinburgh’s ‘saunas’ tend to sell punters a little bit more than just a nice massage or a healthy steam. It never has been.
In fact, the City Council has turned a blind eye to what goes on in these establishments for the last 30 years, and agreed to license them as ‘entertainment venues’ so long as they were quiet, unassuming and didn’t cause a bother. In turn, sex workers were kept out of sight and given a safe environment in which to practice their trade.
All of that is about to change. Now, Scotland’s newly-centralised police force is dead-set on killing the arrangement– and the plan is bound to blow up in the city’s face.
After holding a public consultation, Scottish police chiefs have apparently decided the city’s permissive view of Edinburgh saunas poses a severe “reputational and financial risk” to Scotland’s top travel destination. Yet, as more and more tourist dollars continue to pour into Edinburgh each and every year, something doesn’t seem quite right here.