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Beauty parlour fined for offering sexual services


Stock image of a man receiving a back massage

A beauty parlour which was offering sexual services has been fined and has surrendered its licence following a successful operation. 

Undercover officers from Tower Hamlets Council’s Environmental Health and Trading Standards team bought two massage therapies at Rain Therapy Centre, in Skylines Village.  

Both times, the female massage therapist offered the male officer sexual services following the massage. 

The council has successfully prosecuted the company. 

The registered company Acu & Herbs Ltd and the sole director of the premises both pleaded guilty when the case appeared at Thames Magistrate Court Bow Road on 26 July. 

Sentencing took place on 23 August at the same court and the company was fined a total of £2,584 and the director was fined £440.  

The company also surrendered its licence.  

Cllr Kabir Hussain, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate, said: 

“This case sends out a clear message to any other business offering sexual services on the side that it will not be a happy ending for you.  

“We have teams carrying out regular undercover inspections and we will always prosecute where we need to.” 

Recent operations by Tower Hamlets Council’s Environmental Health and Trading Standards team, have resulted in six other businesses in Tower Hamlets being fined for selling alcohol or tobacco products to children. 

  • Green Bazaar, in St Pauls Way, was fined £2,534 for selling an e-cigarette to a child.  

  • Hamlets Express, in Hamlets Way, was fined £4,260 for selling tobacco to a child. 

  • BFC Retail and TFX international Food Centre, both in Roman Road, sold alcohol to underage children and were fined £7,429 and £4,071 respectively. 

  • Globe Newsagent, in Globe Road, and Elif Food Centre, and Westferry Food & Wine, both in Westferry Road, were fined £4,467, £3,834 and £6,384 each for selling tobacco or e-cigarettes to underage children.  

Posted on Monday 3rd October 2022