Erm, excuse me?

A third moneymaker was arrested after leaving the brothel for more cash to pay for a double dip – and promptly burst into TEARS.

The crackdown, codenamed Operation Monaco, began on Thursday and the News of the World was invited along for an exclusive peek at how businessmen – many on more than £100,000pa – are blowing bonuses around the Bunk-up of England.

Umm, since when are newspapers invited to accompany the police on their raids?

9 thoughts on “Erm, excuse me?”

  1. Sexual prohibition (for this is really what it is) will of course breed (sorry) criminality.

    Det Chief Insp David Clark said: “The illegal sex trade is a breeding ground for slave labour, people trafficking, and drug abuse. It is our aim to clean up the City.”

    Non-sequitur conflation there in true Harriet Harman form. You could say that Governments are a breeding ground for corruption, torture, theft and warcrimes. OK – SHUT IT DOWN!

  2. What an amazing example of media irresponsibility, they’ve used an opportunity to expose a real crime to actually embarrass “city gents” who are not doing anything illegal.

    It is worth mentioned again, despite the ignorance in the article comments section, exchange of sexual services for cash is not illegal, otherwise the NotW’s sister paper would be able to pay an 18 yo to take her clothes off. However, soliciting, pimping, etc is illegal, and not one mention of the real perpetrators is given in the article.

    It reminds me of an case a few years back when a women had a child with severe social problems because he could not feel pain, what she thought would be an article highlighting the child’s illness turned into a “naughtiest boy in Britain” spread.

    I think the newspaper has done over the well meaning (but stupidly naive) cops on this one.

  3. “The illegal sex trade is a breeding ground for slave labour, people trafficking, and drug abuse.”

    So legalise it. Duh.

  4. “Umm, since when are newspapers invited to accompany the police on their raids?”

    Since for aaaaaaaaages. They were magically present when Damian Green’s home was searched. They are routinely present when Police launch operations to deal with pickpocket gangs and whatnot. Camera crews, photographers and reporters have willingly been co-opted into, as Pat rightly puts it, the Police looking useful rather than being useful.

    For the media it is an easy story that the Police provide almost fully formed. It is no different from companies managing to get press releases copy and pasted into news organs. It is a form of advertising.

  5. So actually the men in these cases could have walked away without being arrested? Were they actually arrested anyway? They were later released without charge. What could they have been charged with? Paying for sex is not illegal.

  6. I’m sorry, but there are some things that just aren’t acceptable in a civilised society. I’m all for personal freedoms, but when the health of other people is put at risk, permissiveness is going to far.

    I hope I’m not the only one disgusted by the spectacle of that Polish prostitute blatantly breaching the Health Act 2006 by smoking in the workplace. I hope the police served her the fixed penalty notice she so richly deserves!

  7. The press have for a long time been invited by the police on raids. As a young journalist in the early 1990s, I was a crime reporter, and was invited on a number of drugs busts, although police required me to sign various forms and to ensure I did not interfere. It is actually quite common for the police to do this.

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