UK newspapers are being advised to refuse advertising for sexual services, because of a link between organised prostitution and human trafficking. The Newspaper Society is updating its guidelines on which adverts should be accepted on classified pages.
The society has advised its members how to spot adverts that might be promoting sexual services. For example, they warn newspapers to be wary of ads for massage parlours, as these might be a front for brothels. The guidance follows a meeting with Harriet Harman last year in her role as minister for women.