HT's shady classifieds

IN Media Watch Briefs | 17/12/2015

Does HT have a policy on ads it will not accept? On grounds of decency or grammar? This appeared  in the Mumbai edition of the paper on December 17: Alliya Parlour. "Wanted male give full body massage to rich housewives foreigners earn 45000/ guaranteed daily..." etc. The paper actually has an advertising category for beauty massage parlours, and there was another listing which was less explicit.

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