Isle of Dogs massage parlour stripped of its licence after workers offered sex acts to customers
PUBLISHED: 16:29 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:38 19 July 2018
A high-end massage parlour on the Isle of Dogs has lost its licence after staff were caught offering "sexual services" to customers.
Members of the Tower Hamlets Council’s licensing committee unanimously decided to revoke Geo Medical Healthcare’s special treatment licence.
Councillors heard masseurs at the parlour in Skylines Village had been caught offering to sell sex acts to undercover customers for an extra fee in June last year and again in March.
In the report one investigator said he was led into a “red room” where he was offered a “happy ending” for £20 or a “body on body” service for £45.
The masseur, who was dressed in heels and a black dress, also told the secret customer that he had a “nice bum”, he claimed.
Company director Na Gao did not attend the hearing, but had previously insisted she was unaware of what was going on and “normally only deals with the beauty and slimming side of the business”.
In documents submitted to the council, Ms Gao’s lawyer said: “Ms Gao has expressed her extreme distress and has been very shocked by what her beauty and health practice has been accused of.”
In January, Ms Gao admitted three charges at Thames Magistrates’ Court in relation to breaching the conditions of her licence.
Two of the charges included allowing the “premises to be used by prostitutes, for soliciting and other immoral purposes”, relating to undercover visits in June last year.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said today: “I am pleased to see that the Licensing Committee has decided to revoke the licence in this case. The evidence before them was clear and indisputable.
“Offering services of a sexual nature under the guise of health treatment is unacceptable.
“It causes concern for our residents, raises fears about exploitation and damages the reputation of genuine hard working businesses operating legitimately in the borough.
“Where these illegal outfits are found to be operating, we will continue to use all the powers at our disposal to investigate and shut them down.”