Thursday, July 17, 2008

Local newspaper group bans sex trade adverts

Unfortunately not local to us in Kent. As you will know, if you've been reading, this weblog for any length of time, you will occasionally have stumbled upon my references to Kent Regional Newspapers, acceptance of adverts for massage services, specifically those that are apparently employing foreign girls.

Also you'll no doubt be aware there is a possible connection between that and prostitution as well as people trafficking, in a bold move, given the current tough business background one of publisher Newsquest has decided to no longer accept advertising of " adult services".

Unfortunately Kent regional newspapers, have yet to make a similar move, despite the fact that Northcliffe media who also own the Daily Mail will not accept, such advertising themselves for their flagship newspaper.

Obviously whether The Isle Of Thanet Gazette, Thanet Times or even the Adscene publish adverts for "adult services", is a matter for the publishers and of course whether you buy or advertise in these newspapers is a decision for the general public.

Naturally I contacted both Kent regional newspapers and Northcliffe media both of whom are obviously considering their position, however considering is one thing, doing is another.

Finally any newspaper publisher, might do well to to consider these words from Andy Parkes group editor of Newsquest. "Despite operating in accordance with industry guidelines, the company has taken a decision to no longer publish adult services advertisements, either in print or on its websites. Increasing concerns regarding the appalling issue of human trafficking has been significant in this decision, which is effective immediately."


  1. Vicky, Thanet's own and described as 'mature' for about 15 years is still holding up the end so to speak for local employment in this industry.

  2. If thats her choice then good for her and good luck, Im not on some crusade about the sex industry in particular as I am sure you understand.

    Presumably Newsquest made their decision based on the real risk and likelihood of assisting criminals who have no qualms about exploiting vulnerable people.

    Trafficking people in this country is well documented , so why give the ruthless scum who profit from this trade the potential to promote their grisly inhumane trade.

    Maybe people should write to the Gazette or contact the management as I have done.

    The advertising standards authority will do nothing accept refer you eventually to some other committee.

    It may well be the case that those adverts are legitimate, and that foreign nationals are here on valid visas with permits to work as masseuses.

    I think to stand back and think nothing is wrong is similar to the view which some elements used view East End gangsters and probably still do as benign business men forgetting their business was violence.

    Slavery was abolished 200 years ago in this country, not surprisingly pimps have as much respect for that aspect of the law as any other, none.

  3. There will be no sweeping publication ban on the murder trial of Robert Pickton, even though the accused serial killer could face a second trial at a later date, a judge ruled Friday. Justice James Williams made the ruling after lawyers for news organizations argued that a ban would effectively mean one of the biggest murder cases in Canadian history would be tried in ”secret.” Mr. Pickton is charged with 26 counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of women, many of whom were sex-trade workers from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. He faces six of those counts at a trial starting in January. Some examples are cocky bantering and flirting, explicit sexual interest paired with false barriers, using the word “sexy” to convey a sexual intent, and of course the old Speed Seduction route – complex language patterns intended to implant sexual thoughts in a woman’s mind.