Distributors risk more than just a fine
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.