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One in five Thai parlours offers ‘happy ending’

Every fifth Thai massage parlour in Malmö, southern Sweden, accepts requests for sexual gratification at the end of a session, a Swedish newspaper reported on Thursday.

One in five Thai parlours offers 'happy ending'

The news comes following the Sydsvenskan newspaper’s probe into illegal prostitution among the Thai massage parlours in Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city. Local police receive “several tip-offs a week” but do not prioritize the matter, they told the paper.

Of the 25 parlours called in the survey, five offered a “happy ending”. There are around 50 parlours in the city.

On Wednesday, one Thai worker spoke out about her frustration at being constantly asked about sex by the customers.

“I am so angry when people ask me about ‘happy ending’. I work hard and I’m proud of my profession,” Pornpinum Meejaii said.

But this was evidently not the case throughout the other centres around Malmö.

“We can do happy, happy endings. Come in and see,” one masseuse told the paper, but refused to discuss on the phone how much it would cost.

On different online fora, customers share information about the best places in the city, with one stating that a 30-minute massage with a happy ending set him back 700 kronor ($107).

When the newspaper visited the parlours, each of the staff workers denied that they ever offered sex.

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TAX

Thai massage parlours in sex trade raids

Police and the tax authorities have launched closer surveillance of Thai massage parlours in the country, suspecting that the sharp increase in their number indicates sex trafficking and tax evasion.

Thai massage parlours in sex trade raids

Sex trafficking is difficult to prove and the police now hope to be able to target the rogue parlours by studying their finances, according to a report in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) daily.

Raids on several salons in the Stockholm area revealed serious mismanagement of cash.

There are currently almost 190 Thai massage salons in Stockholm.

“We have clear indications both in the trafficking of girls and that many deal with black money and pay unreasonably low payroll taxes,” said Conny Svensson at the Tax Agency (Skatteverket) to the newspaper.

In Stockholm, the number of massage parlours in operation has doubled since 1990.

The police are convinced that some of them sell sexual services, including massage that ends with masturbation, but can not prove their suspicions.

“We also hear of and witness other, more advanced sexual services, which means that you may soon wonder if we have a brothel on every or every other street corner,” said Ewa Carlenfors, head of the section against trafficking at Stockholm police, to DN.

“But it is very difficult for us to prove in court the customers on whom a sexual act was performed.”

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