SCOTLAND’S first sex doll brothel has been scrapped following a backlash over the sleazy venture.
Entrepreneur Steven Crawford has had to cease trade of Date a Doll Services Limited from his home address in Hamilton after “upsetting the neighbours”.
The 25-year-old told our sister paper the Sunday Mail he launched the business this month. It lets punters rent the lifelike latex model – called Faith – for £60 an hour.
He said: “If someone thinks, ‘He’s sleazy’, they’re absolutely entitled to think that but I really don’t have any qualms about it.”
Since the story, Steven has removed the online ad.
He said: “The brothel idea seemed to be the most interesting, so I went with the story and have achieved worldwide publicity.
“Unfortunately, I have upset a few neighbours but they’ll notice I don’t have any visitors and I never really intended to.
“I would still hire out the doll at an agreed meeting point. Whatever they are comfortable with.
“I have removed my ads and contact details. I will re-upload them when I can be sure it’s legitimate inquiries.”
When asked about what procedures he will have in place for hiring out “Faith”, Steven said: “I would ask clients to use protection and pay a deposit.
“They don’t have to use protection but I will charge if hygiene standards are not met.”
Residents living near Crawford’s home were angered by his sex doll ad.
One angry resident said: “This is absolutely ridiculous.
“This kind of thing could affect house prices in Quarter.
“It is a lovely wee area and we do not want to be associated with this.”
Another resident said: “I don’t even know what to say. There are no words.” Steven said that it was never his intention to run a brothel. He said: “It wasn’t really a brothel. I wanted to build trust and publicity to establish a customer base and hire out equipment.
“I would like to hire it out as opposed to doing it from home.”
South Lanarkshire Council said they would have concerns over the sex doll brothel plan. Shirley Clelland, head of fleet and environmental services at South Lanarkshire Council, said: “Environmental Services recognise there are potential public health issues associated with this type of business and will be undertaking further investigation to determine what arrangements are in place to protect public health.”