A Sheffield ‘massage parlour’ has featured on a national television documentary.
The Channel 4 programme A Very British Brothel was broadcast on Channel 4 last night, going behind the scenes at a massage parlour in the city. The programme shines a spotlight on City Sauna in Attercliffe Road.
It is owned by mother and daughter Kath and Jenny.
The programme says: “At City Sauna, nearly 300 paying customers come through the door every week.
“At teatime on a Friday, it’s happy hour.”
Kath says: “Some girls may dream of being an air hostess or a teacher. All I ever wanted to do was run a massage parlour. It’s something different.”
Around a dozen girls are employed on a rota basis. Owner Kath recently employed her daughter Jenni.
Kath adds: “I can’t show you this room at the moment because there’s a lady working in that room.
“We provide customers with a massage service and company for the gentlemen what come in. It’s like a friendly, family atmosphere.
“We have a jacuzzi which is very popular. The ladies get in with them.
“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.”
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A woman who works there called Anna says: I think I’m suited to this job because I’m a nymphomaniac. There is nothing I cannot do. I will try it once. But I have not found anything at all I cannot do.”
Anna: “I take a lot of pride in my work. I make sure that customer is happy and feels welcome. The most important thing is that customer leaves this place nice and happy.”
Kath adds: “At end of day, I pay my taxes, I pay my national insurance, I’m just an ordinary employer, who employs girls.”
30-year-old Foxy, says: “It’s like doing charity, helping out someone. It’s nice when I put a smile on someone’s face and it’s nice when I make someone happy.”
Foxy left Jamaica at the age of 16.
“The first time I tried it I thought it was a bit daft but I made a few hundred pounds and I thought ‘wow I’m definitely coming back’.
“If I didn’t have this job I’d be definitely out shoplifting.
“I choose to please someone and also to earn my money. I treat everyone equally and nice.
“Someone could walk in because his wife might have died, you don’t know.”
42-year-old mum Sophia has arrived for her first trial shift.
“I have been a working girl for eight to nine years now. I got made redundant from the job i was doing and decided to find something really quickly. I thought ‘I enjoy doing that, so why not get paid to do that’
“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.”
39-year-old Sean is one regular visitor.
He says: “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.”
Another 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 . I lost my job at the bank.
“For me if you are working with the other girls, and they are lovely, and you gel as a team, that’s the most important thing.
“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.”
The show ends with a Christmas raffle in aid of an Alzheimer’s charity, with first prize being an hour with one of the girls for free.
Twitter users took to social media to react to the show - let us know your views by tweeting @sheffieldstar
@Ronnabe said: “This is the most bizarre thing i’ve watched in a long time.”
@shazcal added: “Give over. #AVeryBritishBrothel was one of C4’s comedies. As much about #Sheffield as #Embarassingbodies is about medicine.”
@Sazjaney added: “I must say I think it was a new pretend “fly on the wall” comedy programme haha!.”
@Ruvio said: “Potentially legitimising and legalising it, it becomes safer and taxable.”
Manchester-based escort @ManchesterKim said: “I liked it. People seem surprised to see the reality and that’s good.
“They’re just normal women. Not glamorous but not squalid or desperate, either.”
*If you missed it, A Very British Brothel is still available on catch-up service All 4.