Please note the disclaimer at the bottom of this page. This is not
legal advice. I would advise you to speak to a solicitor to obtain
Prostitution in the UK is not illegal. That is, a person paying
another for sex. However, your question phrased ?I would like to have
girls providing sex for clients? means that you would be committing an
offence of running a brothel. You are knowingly providing women for
prostitution and benefiting from it.
The relevant legislation is the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
Section 55 of the Act amended Section 33 of The Sexual Offences Act
1956 to create ?an offence for a person to keep, or to manage, or act
or assist in the management of, a brothel to which people resort for
practices involving prostitution (whether or not also for other
You would also possibly be committing offences under Sections 52 and 53.
Section 52 Causing or inciting prostitution for gain
Section 53 Controlling prostitution for gain
These guidelines from the Crown Prosecution Authority provided this guidance.
?Keeping a brothel
Section 33 Sexual Offences Act 1956
What constitutes a brothel is a matter of fact and degree. Most
brothels are used for the purpose of prostitution. In the more unusual
circumstances where no payment is made for sexual services, you should
consult the relevant case law.
Brothel keepers should normally be prosecuted, especially if they are
making money out of the enterprise.
You have greater discretion in charging those who have assisted, such
as receptionists. If the assistance is crucial to the operation of the
brothel or the receptionist has been involved for a long period of
time, a prosecution will normally be appropriate. If the assistance is
minor or over a short period of time, a prosecution may not
The Terrance Higgins Trust has a web site on advice for sex workers.
Some parts of it deals with Brothels., You may wish to read it.
?What the prosecution has to prove
(i) That the premises you are working in classify as a brothel and
(ii) that you were aware of this and
(iii) that you were keeping, managing or assisting in its management.?
I am not permitted by the terms of Google Answers to advise you how to
get around this problem.
To open a massage parlour you may need a licence. You would have to
speak to the local council where you intend opening it. For instance,
London and Birmingham councils issue Special Treatments Licences. You
have to complete a long application form and provided full details of
yourself and who will be working there and their qualifications. The
forms can be found on the links below. Councils will not grant a
licence for sex services.
You will also probably need Planning Permission. Again this depends on
the local council. You are altering the use of the building, and there
are factors such as noise, location (is it in a residential area), and
Your premises will be subject to regular health and safety inspections
as they are a workplace.
Health and Safety Executive web site.
BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL ACT 1990
Special Treatments Licence
London Local Authorities Act 1990. Part II.
Leicester Council discussion document on planning for massage parlours.
Class A1 (shops) of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987.
Stoke council discussion document on massage parlours.
?Massage parlours operate legally when sex services are not offered. Where
sex services are offered, offences of keeping a brothel or living off immoral
earnings may make the operation illegal.?
I hope this answers your question. If it does not, or the answer is
unclear, then please ask for clarification of this research before
rating the answer. I shall respond to the clarification request as
soon as I receive it.