Dis­trib­u­tors risk more than just a fine

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Mas­sage par­lour card dis­trib­u­tors could end up with more than just a fine for lit­ter­ing the streets, writes Ali Al Shouk. Po­lice are keen to see those caught charged with spread­ing im­ages of semi-naked women in public. One CID of­fi­cer said: “These cards con­tain pic­tures of half-naked girls - this is ex­po­sure in a public place and it’s a crim­i­nal of­fence.” He said those caught could even be charged with play­ing a part in pros­ti­tu­tion, adding: “En­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to com­mit a sin is a crime.” De­part­ment of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment reg­u­la­tions state that any par­lour found vi­o­lat­ing the terms of the trade will be fined Dhs2,000-Dhs5,000 and closed for up to two weeks. But un­der crim­i­nal law, any­one dis­tribut­ing fly­ers car­ry­ing porno­graphic im­ages could be im­pris­oned for six months. And women who lure in cus­tomers and in­cite them are likely to be im­pris­oned for a year and de­ported.

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