HOW TO SHUT DOWN A BROTHEL: A SNEAK PEEK
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WHAT DOES A BROTHEL LOOK LIKE IN MY COMMUNITY?

When you take the step to fight human trafficking in your community, it is important that you also understands that there are common external and internal characteristics of an illicit massage business . Here’s a list of these characteristics. Remember, this is not a definitive checklist that determines whether or not a business is a brothel. A brothel may not have all of these characteristics. This is simply a general guide of what to look for & what is most common.

 

Important: NEVER enter an SIMB or interact with any of the patrons or business operators. It is not only dangerous for you, but it also can endanger those inside.

EXTERNAL CHARACTERISTICS:
  • Blacked out or obstructed front windows.

  • The use of buzzers or locked doors during business hours.

  • Use of surveillance cameras. SIMBs will often have multiple surveillance cameras at or around the entrance.
    They may even be the only business in the shopping strip with cameras at all!

  • Services available or the type of massages they provide (swedish, deep tissue, etc…) are not clearly advertised. 

  • An SIMB will often display nothing but tinted windows and a neon “OPEN” sign.

  • If prices are advertised, they are often significantly below market-level. For example, an SIMB may advertise $40/hour when the city average is $80. Not sure what “market-level” is? Go shopping! Look online for advertised prices from legitimate massage businesses. Ask yourself, “Does this price make sense?”

     

Important: NEVER enter an SIMB or interact with any of the patrons or business operators. It is not only dangerous for you, but it also can endanger those inside.
INTERNAL CHARACTERISTICS:
  • The business is a cash only / adamantly preferred establishment.

  • There is an ATM or cash machine in the lobby.

  • The clientele is primarily male.

  • The women report that they need a large cash tip and may express distress if they do not receive one.

  • There are living quarters for employees or owners within the spa premises.

  • There is no valid / current permit clearly displayed.

Important: NEVER enter an SIMB or interact with any of the patrons or business operators. It is not only dangerous for you, but it also can endanger those inside.
SO WHAT? WHAT CAN DO I DO ABOUT IT?

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