00h UTC; SUNDAY, 13 OCTOBER 2013: This first item we dedicate to such who still persist in the hard-wired belief that "AmeriKKKa needs to be more like China" to hasten the speed of jobs creation and socioeconomic recovery--so long as the ideal of ekonomesie vryheid met Amerikaanse eienskappe is the foundation thereof:

A BBC Newsnight investigation has uncovered where, despite repeated attempts by the Chinese Communist Party to eliminate prostitution, third-party "spas" and "massage parlours" as are part of major international chain hotels in China are too often fronts for prostitution, with foreign visitors seen as prime targets for the sexual services on offer, sometimes for as little as CNY800 (about $130) depending on where you go or who you ask for.

As the BBC explains in its investigation (from its website):
There are an estimated four to six million sex workers in China, hiding in plain sight in the barbers' shops, massage parlours and karaoke bars that can be found pretty much everywhere.

So the allegation that prostitution is thriving inside some hotels in China will not be surprising to anyone with even a passing acquaintance of the travel and tourism industry here.

But our investigation shows for the first time just how far pimps and prostitutes have moved into the international hotel industry, apparently without its knowledge.

With very little effort, we have found the sex trade operating from inside hotels that are household names in Europe and America, seemingly with little fear of detection.

We called dozens of international hotels in China and asked to be put through to their spas.

A BBC colleague, posing as a personal assistant, told the spa receptionists that she was setting up a business meeting for potential clients who expected sex to be available in the chosen venue.

In around 7% of those she spoke to, in cities as far afield as Nanjing and Qingdao on China's east coast and the inland cities of Xian and Zhengzhou, we discovered that prostitution is very easy to arrange.

Using the results of that telephone survey, we then visited some of those hotels and, using the same cover story, filmed what we found on hidden camera.

In Qingdao, as well as what we found in the Kempinski Hotel we found sex on sale in the Intercontinental, part of the British-based hotel chain.

The signs in the spa on the second floor make it very clear that it is not run by the hotel, but is under independent management, and here legitimate massage is clearly the mainstay of the business.

But the spa staff showed little hesitation in telling us that sex could be supplied to those who ask for it. The prostitute herself told us that the bill for her services could be settled at checkout through the hotel main-desk.
Only it turns out that the major international hotel chains wound up red-faced when they heard about their premises being used for Mrs. Warren's Profession, howbeit via third parties. Continues the BBC:
Both the Intercontinental and the Kempinski deny any knowledge of the prostitution we have found.

In a statement, the Intercontinental Hotels Group told us: "Prostitution is strictly prohibited" in all of its hotels, and that third-party run businesses, like the spa, have a "contractual obligation" to abide by that policy.

"Hotel staff have not knowingly been involved in processing bills for prostitution," it said.

The Intercontinental Hotel has now closed the spa.

The Kempinski Hotel issued a statement saying: "While a spa was originally planned for the hotel, hence the signage in the elevators, the actual facility was never approved nor opened or operated by Kempinski Hotels."

The hotel, it said, is connected to a third-party business through a basement passageway that "cannot be closed off for safety reasons".

We asked the Kempinski why it was that when we called the hotel main desk, asking to be transferred to the massage centre, staff put us straight through to the pimp in the basement.

"Regarding the phone calls I'm afraid that there is no way for us to verify the calls and/or if indeed they were redirected," was the written reply.

The Kempinski group had already decided to pull out of the hotel in Qingdao before our investigation. They will cease to manage it from 15 November, a sign that just a year after it opened something has gone badly wrong.

The third hotel we visited was the Ramada Plaza in the city of Zhengzhou.

Once again, we followed the signs to the third-party-run spa, which was on the sixth floor. Passing a somewhat suggestive poster of a woman at the entrance, we found a massage centre that we were told was available for the use of male customers only.

The man on the reception desk told us that sex could be provided and that more than 20 women worked there. And he handed us a small leaflet on the top of which, handwritten in English, were the words, "Prostitutes 800Rmb" - about £85 (US$130).

In response to our findings the Wyndham Hotel Group, which owns the Ramada brand, said it was looking into the matter and issued a statement which said: "Please know that we are a family-oriented company."

The company told us that while most hotels are run as franchises, "independently owned and operated", they are required to comply with the law and that Wyndham is providing training to help employees "identify and report human exploitation and abuse activities".

But it added, "As long as there are people profiting from tragic practices, we believe no member of the travel and tourism industry can ever guarantee these events will not occur in the future."

Few customers who visit the spa in the Ramada Zhengzhou would be left in much doubt about what is on offer there.

Indeed, a group of female travellers who stayed at the hotel earlier this year raised their suspicions in a review posted on the TripAdvisor website. "If you are a woman, don't come and stay in this hotel," it urges readers.

While prostitution might be easy to find in China, prostitutes continue to face danger not just from clients but the police too.

Sophie Richardson is the China Director of Human Rights Watch, which recently called for the Chinese government to remove the criminal sanctions in force against sex workers.

"We've documented torture and other kinds of physical abuses of sex workers, including rape, both by clients and by police," she told the BBC. "Anybody who understands what's at stake here and how vulnerable sex workers can be to these kinds of abuses would want to step up."

Three years ago, one foreign-run hotel was raided and closed by the Chinese police because a karaoke bar in the basement was linked to prostitution.

But now our investigation shows that the widespread use of third-party-run spas means that the sex trade has gained a much firmer foothold than the industry itself appears to realise.
And yet I, for one, would find it rather amazing for a hotel karaoke bar to be a front for prostitution in the first place.

Meanwhile, returning stateside, there seems to be a Molon Labe mentality prevailing in the GOP delegation of the House of Reprehensibles, with House Speaker John Boehner insisting that authorising any vote on increasing the debt ceiling "would be unconditional surrender for the GOP"; hence, holding the line on the Molon Labe. Yet failing to recognise how Real America (let alone the delusion their prolefeed enablers want thus presented) is hurting from the shutdown's effects, unaware that their biggest drookies and enablers have essentially abandoned the whole "Tea Party" agenda and recognised it for the farce that it was throughout (and thus requiring their turning to a "state within the state," as it were, to undermine Thy Dear and Lovely Land from within).

Try telling that to Department of Justice investigators who may want to look into whether this shutdown may be one with sedition against the Government, their patsy likely to be that they were "misled by the treachery of others"--if they cooperated in exchange for plea bargains.

All in all, is the "Tea Party" element insisting that the "REAL AmeriKKKan" needs to embrace the ideal encapsulated in the Afrikaans expression 'n Volk red homself ("a people rescues itself") for to empower themselves out of "chronic and habitual government dependency" and into "healthy self-reliance" without their being offered tools, resources or motivation towards otherwise noble ends (the fear being that such would be "perpetuating dependency")? And are there presently any such concepts of mutual self-help now active in America as are based on the concept of 'n Volk red homself, or otherwise being started (especially such as operate above religiopolitical ideotheology, the unhealthy emphasis thereof to the ideal carrying clear and present dangers as could be the movement's unravelling)?

In the immortal words of the late John Cameron Swayze
as concluded every broadcast
of the Camel News Caravan (NBC-TV, 1949-1956),
"That's the story; glad we could get together ..."


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