Enforcement Operation Against Vice Activities, Massage Establishments And Public Entertainment Outlets
The Police arrested twelve women and two men, aged between 20 and 51, during a two-day enforcement operation against vice activities, massage establishments and public entertainment outlets along Kitchener Road, Jalan Besar, Rangoon Road, Petain Road and Sam Leong Road from 9 to 10 November 2018.
In the operation led by Central Police Division, the twelve women were arrested for offences under the Women’s Charter, Immigration Act, and Employment of Foreign Manpower Act. Three of these women allegedly carried out vice activities at a hotel and private apartments while four other women were arrested in two unlicensed massage establishments. These women are believed to have advertised their sexual services online.
Another five women were arrested at a public entertainment outlet along Sam Leong Road. The outlet was also found to have contravened licensing conditions under the Public Entertainment Act.
Two men were arrested for gambling in a common gambling house along Petain Road. Cash amounting to $1,210 and 14 computers were seized.
Investigations are ongoing.
Anyone convicted of being the owner/occupier and using the place as a common gaming house under Section 4(1) (a) of the Common Gaming House Act, Chapter 49, shall be liable to a fine of not less than $5,000 and not more than $50,000 and imprisonment not exceeding 3 years. Any person caught gaming in a common gaming house under Section 7 of the Common Gaming House Act, Chapter 49, shall be liable to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 6 months or both.
Landlords and hotel owners are advised to ensure that tenants do not carry out vice activities in their premises. Any person who knowingly lives wholly or in part on the earnings of the prostitution of another person can be jailed up to five years and fined up to $10,000.
Actions will be taken against the operators for flouting the rules and regulations under the Massage Establishments Act 2017 and Public Entertainment Act.
The Police take a serious view of anyone involved in criminal activities and will continue to take tough enforcement action against those found breaking the law.
Source: Singapore Police Force