Sheffield City Sauna brothel documentary pulls in nearly two million viewers

A Very British Brothel - Kath and Jenni. Photo: Channel 4
A Very British Brothel - Kath and Jenni. Photo: Channel 4
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Nearly two million people watched a national TV documentary featuring a Sheffield mother and daughter who run a massage parlour.

Kath, aged 52 and her daughter Jenni, run City Sauna on Attercliffe Road.

The pair starred on Channel 4 documentary A Very British Brothel, a film exploring life inside the sauna, which attraced 1.8million viewers on Monday night.

“Some girls may dream of being an air hostess or a teacher. All I ever wanted to do was run a massage parlour,” says Kath on the programme.

“We provide customers with a massage service and company for the gentlemen what come in. It’s a friendly, family atmosphere.

“What I think goes on upstairs is nothing to do with me.

“It’s down to the ladies to provide additional services if they want to.”

Viewers were given a tour of the facilities including a jacuzzi, video room and private boudoirs.

The programme also featured interviews with staff and customers.

Mum Sophia, aged 42, said: “I have been a working girl for eight to nine years. I got made redundant and decided to find something really quickly.

City Sauna, on the junction of Attercliffe Road and Warren Street, appeared on Channel 4's programme called A Very British Brothel. Picture: Andrew Roe

City Sauna, on the junction of Attercliffe Road and Warren Street, appeared on Channel 4's programme called A Very British Brothel. Picture: Andrew Roe

“When I’m with a client, I’ll think about what I’m going to have for my tea, or I should have posted that letter this morning. General mundane things like that.”

nother girl, Laura, said: “I was working in a bank and I was working part time as an escort at weekends. Everyone in the bank knew what I was doing but it was only when someone spotted my website and blew the whistle that complaints went up the line and I lost my job.

“We are just mothers feeding our children. I told my daughter what I did when she was seven. I told her I keep men company. It’s not immoral, it’s not illegal, but please don’t bring it up at parents’ evening.”

39-year-old Sean is a regular visitor. He said: “The stereotype is a 50-year-old scruffy pervert but it’s all wrong. A lot of people say ‘my husband wouldn’t go to a place like that. You want to open your eyes because most of them are.

“It’s the excitement of doing something you shouldn’t be doing. It’s the excitement of getting caught.”

The show is still available on catch-up service All 4.

The sauna declined to comment.

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