Why did soapland “massage parlours” change from their original name of Turkish baths?

The story about it being because of complaints by the Turkish embassy and leading to a competition by the industry to find a new name is well known. The book Sushi and Beyond has an interesting variation on it, that is happened “after the Turkish ambassador was taken to one by mistake and a diplomatic incident ensued” (page 18). As in the last post, I should say that the book is absolutely littered with basic errors. Nice story though.


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