Scammers in Soho
 
massage parlours on Brewer Street in Soho / London's red light district in  England (Great Britain / United Kingdom)
Rupert street on the left running south and Brewer street on the right running west. This corner is noted as a crime hotspot because of it's proximity to the adult entertainment which always attracts drug dealers, scammers and pickpockets. Highlighted above and shown below is a guy I saw trying to con people with a cheque cashing scam. I also saw him meet up with another guy doing the same thing. Not sure exactly how this scam works but the fact that he was there means it obviously does work on some people.
Other scams you may see on the street are girls known as clippers who will approach men promising "a good time" for a fee. The scam works various ways but one will be - The guy will be lead to a doorway which he assumes to be the entrance of a premises she is taking him into. She will then ask for money before they can enter. Usually a "friend" will be hanging around to take the money for "security reasons". The friend will then disappear with the money. The first girl will then make an excuse to leave but promise to return shortly. The doorway of course is just some random one the girl chose to instigate the scam.
Photo taken on 30th July 2012.


massage parlours on Brewer Street in Soho / London's red light district in  England (Great Britain / United Kingdom)
Watch out for scumbags like this in Soho London.
Photo taken on 30th July 2012.

massage parlours on Brewer Street in Soho / London's red light district in  England (Great Britain / United Kingdom)
The Revue Bar is a clip joint on Tisbury Court Places like this lure men in with promises of adult entertainment and enticing signs like "lovely girls". There may also be a pretty women hanging around by the entrance chatting to guys and recommending they go in.
Once inside there is often little or no entertainment at all. The guy will be encouraged to order drinks and often a "hostess" will join him. She will invariably ask for a drink. At the end of the evening the guy will find his bill to be massive since the drink prices are hugely inflated and he will have been charged for the hostess as well.
Legally these places must display drinks prices though in practice they are often hard to find or non existent. Neanderthal bouncers are likely to persuade you to pay if you try and refuse. Calling the police doesn't always solve the problem. If the owner can show the price list and there is no evidence of violence then there is little they can do. These places can legally charge what they want for drinks and services. When the places do get raided it will be because there is evidence of violence or the venue did not stay within the law.
I frankily find it unbelievable that the UK police tolerate these places.
Photo taken on 30th July 2012.

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