If you've ever been to London, then you've probably used a payphone
at least once, which means you’ve seen some of those escort service ads
which litter almost every single phone booth. Even then, I'm sure you'd
be wondering "where the hell are the authorities?" And even though you
know prostitution is legal there, that question still crosses your
What then should we do when we start seeing these
sorts of ads distributed in the streets of Amman in broad daylight
under the disguise of "Massage Parlors"?
and on the back:
of all when I do want to get a massage, I look at brochures to know
what credentials a place has, who the doctors supervising it are, IF
there are any doctors supervising it, and what methodologies they use.
I don’t need to look at a picture of the half naked girl whom is
supposed to give me the massage when I arrive there.
Notice that if you look close enough at the girl, you'll start seeing things you don’t expect to see. And notice that they only use mobile phone numbers so they can pack up and leave any time they feel too exposed (I can't imagine what could be more exposing than this).
The back of the
card is the most interesting; not only do you get the girl, but they
can also provide you with a furnished apartment if you need one, at
prices which fit everyone's wallet –does this mean that a 15 year old
can find something within his budget range?
So this is a
new trend in Jordan; Prostitution Combo's (Get the girl and you get a
discount off the apartment) This can indicate two things; that their
market is getting so competitive that we're starting to see bundle
deals, and that the consumer base for such services is actually growing
that more places are opening up and competing with each other.
should we do? Should we ignore the fact that everyone knows what those
places really are? Should we bow our heads like sheep and feel like we
can't do much about it? Or should we ask the big question: "What the
***k is the Amman municipality doing? And what the ***k is the Ministry
of internal affairs doing?" Should we wait till those places start
using their fixed line numbers in their ads?
expect the bulk of responsibility to fall on the people in charge of
those ministries, we as citizens have a duty as well. Our duty is to
inform authorities of such places, as well as bring up the issue
whenever we get the opportunity to speak to a group of people. Taxi
drivers can play a very important role in fighting this disease,
because as know, it is mostly tourists and expats who seek those
places. If taxi drivers refuse to drive anyone whom they suspect to be
going to such a place, then we would have a very good first line of
Finally, when I want to get a massage, I would never go to a place called "Super Gardens" and definitely not "سوبر جاردنز". I wouldn't even buy bulk CD-R's if their brand was "Super (anything)".