Gants Hill ‘brothel’ applies for massage licence
A sauna which has applied for a special licence to give body massages is being used as a “suspected brothel”, according to police.
The application for a special treatment licence by Gants Hill Sauna, of Woodford Avenue, Gants Hill, will go before Redbridge Council’s licensing sub-committee on Tuesday.
But both Redbridge Police and the council’s licensing authority have recommended the licence is not granted due to “numerous intelligence to suggest that the premises is being used as a suspected brothel”.
Council papers reveal applicant Terence King, of Westbourne Road, Brentwood, has listed eight members of staff that will be registered, and one manager. Mr King provided recently passed certificates of the staff’s level three diplomas in body massage.
But a police report submitted to the sub-committee said officers had attended the venue “many times” in the past decade.
Police visits on September 7, June 18 and 1, and May 19 this year found it was operating as a brothel.
On June 18 the report states officers discovered “the rooms contained baby oil, powder, rolls of kitchen towels and condoms”.
It adds: “Basic internet search on Gants Hill Sauna suggests that the venue has a reputation for being of an erotic and sexual nature.”
In April 2011 a contemporary crime report, submitted as police evidence, states two witnesses had “been into Gants Hill Sauna for some ‘fun with the girls’”.
The pair were then knifed and slashed by the “muscle” at the venue for arguing about the length of time with a female.
The licencing report reveals that “sexual services for men” and “‘new girls daily’” are advertised within the sauna.
It reads: “It is evident that the premises are known anecdotally and evidentially as providing women for sexual services for men.”
A neighbour, who gave a statement for the police report, said: “A couple of times per month I get strange men knocking on my front door in very early hours in the morning asking ‘for business’ and ‘are there any girls available?’”
The resident said he once found “a lot of condoms” at the front of the property which his children could see.
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