American actress Jennifer Hewitt will play the part of a prostitute in a forthcoming US television drama serial, "The Client List".

Hewitt plays the role of Riley Parks, abandoned by her husband with three children to care for. With no money or prospects, she finds work as a prostitute in a massage parlour.

The series, even before its release, has led to protests from legitimate masseurs, according to The Sun.

"I feel badly that they feel offended, but I respect that people need to say what they need to say. I tried to make a joke on Twitter that I wondered why people were not writing to Dexter about killing people, or to Nurse Jackie about taking drugs on the job. Those are big, big television characters audiences love and adore so if there can be a serial killer we all like, I feel like a happy-endings specialist is the least of our worries," Hewitt was quoted as saying by The Examiner.