Friday, 1 July 2016

Police raids massage parlours & public entertainment outlets

Update 10 Dec 2017: Law and Home Affairs Minister, K Shanmugam

[ Police raids on illegal brothels ]

There have been some comments on the nature of police raids on illegal brothels. They break down doors, wear masks and so on. And that all of this is wrong.

I fully support the Police in their actions and the tactics they have adopted.

Speed and surprise are key elements during raids. Police cannot be expected to knock on the door, and wait for a response.

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Shanmugam throws weight behind police raids on illegal brothel

Law and Home Affairs Minister, K Shanmugam, has come out to fully support police actions against illegal brothels. Videos of the raids by Police uploaded by Project X Director, Vanessa Ho, had earlier gone viral. Some netizens had commented that the Police actions seem high-handed.

Project X was established in November 2008 by Wong Yock Leng, a social worker who recognized that sex workers in Singapore are amongst the most marginalized and discriminated in society, and saw a gap in services for the sex worker community.

Mr Shanmugam lambasted such criticisms as “deeply flawed”. He further described such netizens’ sympathies for those in the brothels as “misplaced”.

related: POLICE ACCUSED OF TERRORISING WOMEN BY USING BATTERING RAMS, SLEDGEHAMMERS DURING BROTHEL RAID

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Police raids on illegal brothels, right or wrong?

There was a police raid of an brothel near popular supper spot, Swee Choon Tim Sum, on Friday Dec 8.

According to a Facebook account, the police wore full ski masks and allegedly used battering rams and sledgehammers.

The post has since been deleted but this was what it said:

  • “Police raid of an unlicensed brothel. I wasn’t exaggerating when I said they use battering rams and sledgehammers. In fact, I saw that they also used a circular saw and wore balaclavas. As Sherry puts it, “they think of their safety first but not the workers”. The whole area smelled like burning metal for a moment. A huge crowd gathered, adding to the spectacle. And to make matters worse, the media was invited and I got to witness first hand how they make the women pose with their faces to the walls in order to shame them.
  • “This is what your taxpayers money are put to: groups of armed men terrorizing women.”
  • The Internet is divided on this. Some criticised the police while others defending them for doing their duty.

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3 women arrested after police raid suspected HDB 'brothel' in Jurong West
The 3 woman aged between 34 & 48 were arrested for suspected offences under the Women's Charter. FOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

A 4-room Housing Board flat in Jurong West suspected of operating as a brothel was raided by police on Tuesday (Oct 31) afternoon.

3 women between the ages of 34 & 48 were arrested. The Straits Times understands that they are from China.

Condoms & lubricants were seized from the flat.

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Three women arrested for offering sexual services in Jurong West HDB ‘brothel’
The women were arrested during a raid by Jurong Division officers at Jurong West Street 65 on Wed (Oct 21).

They were on valid social visit passes, but allegedly used them commit vice-related offences, the police said.

The women had advertised their sexual services on various online websites, condoms & lubricants were seized as case exhibits.

According to a report by Lianhe Wanbao on Friday, the raid was carried out at the 14th floor of a block in Jurong West Street 65.

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Brothels in HDBs, a result of overzealous clamp down of vice-activities in designated red-light district
The flat (centre, with dim red light) in Jurong West Street 61 where a brothel operates (Source: The Straits Times)

In a Straits Times report dated 2 October (Monday), it is said that many residents have made complaints that Housing Board flat in Jurong West Street 61 has been operated as a brothel.

Though there had been a number of raids in the area. However, such brothels keep running as the rents are low and they believe that they are less likely to be detected here. According to some residents, the rented unit has housed a number of foreign women for the last one year, and some were shocked to learn that it operates as a brothel.

MPs in Pioneer and West Coast are calling for more enforcement action after receiving feedback from residents and calling on residents to alert the authorities if they suspect an HDB unit is being used as a brothel. Mr Tay also suggested having a dedicated police hotline for residents to report suspected vice activities.

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4 women who appeared nude in KTV joint arrested during a Police raid
Photo Credit: Singapore Police Force

3 men and 14 women were arrested following an 8-hour joint enforcement operation that commenced at 10 pm on 15 April 2017.

The operation was led by Tanglin Division and supported by officers from Criminal Investigations Department, Traffic Police, Central Narcotics Bureau Enforcement“E” Division and the 1st Singapore Civil Defence Force Division.

A total of 9 public entertainment outlets were checked. 1 of them was found to have breached the Public Entertainment Licensing Conditions while 4 were found to have breached the Fire Safety Rules and Regulations.

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58 arrested in Geylang amid four-day multi-agency operation
Images from the Singapore Police Force showing (clockwise from top left) sexual enhancement drugs; cough mixtures and tablets; an illegal gaming house; and contraband cigarettes. (PHOTOS: SPF)

A four-day joint multi-agency joint operation in the Geylang area has led to the arrest of 51 men and seven women.

Forty-five men and three women – aged between 17 and 77 – were nabbed under the Common Gaming Houses Act, while two women – aged 30 and 43 – were arrested for vice-related activities, said the Singapore Police Force (SPF) in a news release on Tuesday (3 October).

Seven men and one woman  – aged between 23 and 47 – were also taken into custody for “various offences which include theft, peddling of contraband cigarettes and illegal health products such as sexual enhancement drugs, cough mixtures and sleeping pills”, the release said.

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POLICE ARRESTED 13 PEOPLE FOR VICE ACTIVITIES

The police have arrested 13 people, which included 12 women and a man aged between 23 and 46, for their involvement in vice related activities. All the 13 were arrested in August, when the police raided five residential units in Kovan, Sembawang and Yishun.

The women were believed to have advertised their sexual services online, while the man is believed to have been managing the prostitution activities in one of the residential units. The Police are also investigating the owners of the units as well.

Prostitution is not illegal in Singapore, but those convicted of being the tenant, lessee or person in charge of a brothel face a jail term of up to five years, a fine of up to S$10,000 or both. The same penalties apply to anyone found guilty of living wholly or in part on the earnings of the prostitution of another person. No soliciting of sexual services are also allowed under Singapore laws.

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Foreign Women Arrested for Turning Jurong West Flat into Prostitution Den
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Three women who are foreigners between the age of 37 and 42 have been arrested for providing sexual services. They were found to be in Singapore on social visit passes, but allegedly used them to engage in prostitution-related activities. Police raided a 14th floor flat at Jurong West St 65 on Wed (21 Jun) and arrested the women.

One of them had apparently just arrived in Singapore and had not even unpacked her luggage, in which the police found two large bags containing condoms. The woman are believed to have advertised sexual services on various websites. Neighbours say they often saw strangers pacing the corridor outside the unit, and they were glad the women had been arrested.

This arrest follows a high-profile bust in May involving atas Russian prostitutes who serviced high-end clients. The prostitutes used a Bella Casita condominium unit in Tanjong Katong as their base of operations.

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99 women arrested for vice-related activities

The police have arrested 99 women, aged 22 to 43, for their suspected involvement in vice-related activities.

In a news release on Monday (Jun 19), the Singapore Police Force (SPF) said it arrested the women during a four-day operation that ended on Jun 15. During the operation, officers from the Criminal Investigation Department and six police land divisions conducted coordinated raids at multiple locations islandwide, including hotels and residential units at Geylang, Serangoon Road, Balestier Road and Woodlands.

Investigations are still ongoing, the authorities said.

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68 people arrested for suspected vice activities

Police have arrested 68 people after a 6-hour operation at businesses which were suspected of conducting vice activities.

On Aug 13 to 14, officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Tanglin Police Division mounted a six-hour operation at 9 public entertainment outlets and an office in the vicinity of Orchard Road.

According to the police, 53 females aged between 19 & 35 were arrested for suspected involvement in vice activities. 10 men and 5 women, aged between 22 and 54, were also taken in for suspected involvement as members of a vice syndicate.

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60 suspects arrested in 3-day Geylang raids

Streets & hotels in Geylang were raided by officers from multiple agencies during a three-day operation that ended last Friday, leading to the arrest of 60 suspects.

Among the suspects were 4 men who were arrested for peddling contraband cigarettes and the illegal sale of cough mixture and tablets, which had a total street value of more than $11,000, said the police in a statement yesterday.

Police added that 7 women were also arrested for vice-related offences committed in residential units, while four men were arrested for drug-related offences.

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Prostitution in Singapore – are the police doing enough to combat it?

In Singapore, prostitution is legal, but public solicitation, living on the earnings of prostitution and operating a brothel is illegal. The government regulates prostitution rather than trying to eradicate it, but nevertheless illegal sex workers saturate the industry. The problem is showing no sign of going away.

There are an estimated 1,000 or more licensed sex workers in Singapore, and 95% of those come from abroad. Yet thousands more choose – or are forced – to work without a license. Unable to access the same protection the state offers licensed workers, illegal sex workers will either work from massage or beauty parlours or cut out the middleman altogether and set up a profile online which they use to pick up clients.

As Director of Health Education and Research at HOME (The Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics) Dr. Thein Than Win explains, “In the licensed brothels, everything is in place: mandatory health screenings, condoms. But for the illegal sex workers, the transient ones, there are no health services, education or testing services for them.”

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Sex trade in Geylang goes online to avoid crackdown by police
Sex trade in Geylang goes online to avoid crackdown by police

Online vice is on the rise & the authorities have changed the laws to combat it. Changes to the Women's Charter kicked in on July 1 and they include a new section, 146A, which targets those who operate or maintain websites which offer sexual services or allow prostitutes to advertise. Those convicted can be fined up to $10,000 or jailed for up to 5 years, or both.

Section 146 was also tweaked to make clear that it is an offence for a person to live on or receive various forms of gratification in return for helping in the prostitution of another person. The changes are a response to how the Internet has affected the world's oldest industry - the sex trade. Instead of having highly visible red-light districts, the shift online has made prostitution a more hidden & discreet business.

It means prostitutes no longer need middlemen - agencies & pimps - to source for clients or to provide a venue. And many have decided to have a go at it alone.

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Two men caught with pants down in anti-vice raid

2 men & their female partners were literally caught with their pants down when enforcement officers barged in on them in a room at an entertainment outlet in Burmah Road.


The 2 women were among 41 foreign women, believed to be working as guest relation officers, who were nabbed during Ops Sayang conducted by the state Immigration Department.

The women rounded up from both raids comprised 30 Vietnamese, 10 Chinese nationals & a Thai.

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24 foreigners arrested for vice activities in Jalan Besar hotel

Police officers swooped in on a hotel at Jalan Besar Road on Tuesday (May 17), arresting 24 foreigners - 23 women & a man, for suspected involvement in vice-related activities.

The suspects, aged between 20 and 33 were found to have made use of their stay in Singapore on valid social visit passes to offer sexual services.

According to a statement from the S'pore Police Force, preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects have been advertising their sexual services on different online platforms & vice websites.

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Police nab 24 foreign prostitutes in Jalan Besar hotel
Police nab 24 foreign prostitutes in Jalan Besar hotel
Suspected prostitutes are seen sitting on a bed after they were detained by the police in a hotel along Jalan Besar Road, May 17, 2017. Photo: S'pore Police Force

A total of 24 foreigners were hauled in by the police for their suspected involvement in prostitution after law enforcers conducted a raid on a hotel along Jalan Besar Road on Wed (May 17) morning.

The police said in a press release on Wednesday that the suspects, 23 women & a man, had advertised their sexual services on various online platforms and vice-related websites.

TODAY understands that 23 of the suspects – including the man - are from Thailand. The other is from Laos.

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'High-class' Russian vice ring busted; 4 women arrested
Some of the female foreigners arrested for their suspected involvement in vice-related activities. (Photo: SPF)

4 foreign women were arrested on Thursday (May 4) for their suspected involvement in vice-related activities, the police said on Friday.

3 of the women are from Russia and one is from Uzbekistan, and their ages range between 26 and 39, according to the police in their press release.

Their arrests came about after Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers conducted simultaneous raids in Raffles Boulevard, Tanjong Katong Road & Cairnhill Road on Thursday. The women allegedly made use of their stay in Singapore on valid work passes to commit vice-related offences, police said.

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5 women arrested for prostitution activities in Yishun, Sengkang

5 women have been arrested for their suspected involvement in vice-related activities in the residential areas of Yishun and Sengkang, said the police in a news release on Sat (May 6). 

The women, aged between 29 and 39, were rounded up during a 10-hr anti-vice police operation on Thursday.

A 21-yr-old man was also arrested for suspected consumption of controlled drugs, as well as for using abusive language and criminal force to deter an officer from discharging his duties.

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13 nabbed in anti-vice raid at Kaki Bukit forested area
10 men and three women in the forested areas along Kaki Bukit Avenue 4 near the Bartley viaduct in an anti-vice operation.TNP FOTO: GAVIN FOO

Last night, at around 7pm, the authorities arrested 10 men and 3 women in the forested areas along Kaki Bukit Avenue 4 near the Bartley viaduct in an anti-vice operation.

The men are believed to be from India & Bangladesh, and the women from Thailand.

During the 3-hour long operation, the suspects were arrested for wilful trespass on state land, offences under the Women’s Charter, suspected consumption of controlled drugs or for offences under the Immigration Act, Chapter 133.

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Police raid 4 massage parlours in Little India, 6 women arrested

4 massage parlours along Rangoon, Balestier and Race Course Roads were raided by police on Wednesday (Apr 26) afternoon.

A total of 6 women, all foreigners aged between 29 and 50, were arrested during the raids.

All 4 parlours were found to offer sexual services at an extra cost. 

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3 women arrested for providing sexual services at Toa Payoh HDB flat

3 women, aged between 30 and 37, were arrested on Thursday (Mar 30) for allegedly providing sexual services at a Housing & Development Board (HDB) flat in Toa Payoh, said the police on Friday.

The women were believed to have advertised their services online. The HDB flat was rented and investigations against the suspects are ongoing. The police added subsequent investigations will be carried out against the house owner.

The operation was part of ongoing enforcement efforts to clamp down on vice-related activities in residential estates.

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Police nab 11 for employment-related offences in surprise raid, 3 others also arrested during joint operation

Police officers from the Police Central Division & Criminal Investigation Department conducted a surprise raid on the outlets at Sam Leong Road, Middle Road & CHIJMES on Victoria Street.

The Straits Times understands that the raids were mainly targeted at uncovering individuals with employment-related offences.

A total of 11 women were arrested for employment-related offences at the Sam Leong Road & Middle Road outlets. Both outlets were also found to have breached their public entertainment license conditions.

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Over 80 people arrested in Geylang in 6-day operation
A total of 87 people were arrested in Geylang during a multi-agency operation that ended on Mar 26, 2017. Foto: Singapore Police Force

A total of 87 people aged between 17 & 65 have been arrested in Geylang for various offences during a 6-day multi-agency joint operation that ended on Mar 26, said the Singapore Police Force in its statement on Monday (Mar 27).

8 men and 2 women were arrested for peddling contraband cigarettes and selling illegal sexual enhancement drugs. The street value of the goods seized amounted to about S$53,000

Another 32 women were arrested for vice-related offences in residential units, while 42 men were arrested for illegal gambling under the Common Gaming Houses Act.

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13 nabbed in 16-hour anti-vice, drug raids

4 men and 9 women were arrested following a 16-hr joint enforcement operation on Tuesday and Wednesday, police said in a statement yesterday.

Police & narcotics officers conducted checks at housing estates in Yishun, Hougang, Sengkang & Punggol, as well as at massage establishments in Ang Mo Kio.

The operation was jointly led by officers from Ang Mo Kio Division & the Central Narcotics Bureau Enforcement "F" Division.

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42 arrested in Geylang for illegal gambling and gang-related activities
Gambling paraphernalia seized in the five-hour raid. Foto: S'pore Police Force

A total of 42 people were caught for their suspected involvement in illegal gambling & gang-related activities during a 5-hour raid in Geylang on Monday (March 20).

In a news release on Tuesday, the police said up to S$21,000 in cash were seized as case exhibits in the operation, together with some mobile phones and gambling paraphernalia.

The suspects, which include 41 men and one woman, are aged between 16 & 57. Investigations are ongoing.

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26 women arrested in Orchard Road for vice

26 women were on Fri (March 10) arrested for their involvement in prostitution-related activities in the Orchard Road area.

Officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested the women, aged between 19 & 49, in a 4-hour operation, the police said in a news release on Saturday (March 11).

Under the Women’s Charter, any person who knowingly lives wholly or in part on the earnings of the prostitution of another person can be jailed for a maximum of five years and a maximum fine of $10,000 if convicted.

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8 women arrested in Kovan and Hougang during anti-vice blitz

8 women, aged 25 to 47, who allegedly advertised sexual services online & operated within rented residential units were arrested in an anti-vice operation conducted on Wed (Oct 26), the Singapore Police said in a statement.


During the 13-hr operation, officers from the Ang Mo Kio Division conducted raids in the Hougang and Kovan, seizing S$780 in cash, along with mobile phones and related documents.

If convicted, any person who contravenes the offence of being the tenant, lessee or occupier or person in charge of a brothel and the offence of keeping, managing or assisting in the management of a brothel under Section 148 of the Women’s Charter, Chapter 353, are liable to a fine of up to a maximum of S$10,000, or up to five years of jail, or both.

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13 massage parlour operators to be charged for various breaches

Following enforcement operations against errant massage parlours since the start of the year, a total of 13 massage parlour operators are expected to be charged in court for various breaches.

In a statement on Thursday (Mar 9), the police said that a group of 12 operators, comprising four men and eight women aged between 39 and 66, will be charged for operating massage parlours without valid licenses.

They were also found to have contravened licensing conditions under the Massage Establishments Act.

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Police arrest 176 suspects in four-day anti-crime blitz
A total of 176 suspects aged between 18 & 82 were arrested for their involvement illegal employment, vice activities, gambling and drug-related offences. FOTO: SPF

Police have arrested a total of 176 suspects, aged between 18 & 82, in a series of anti-crime operations held over 4 days.

They are currently under investigation for suspected involvement in illegal employment, vice activities, gambling & drug-related offences.

The multi-agency operation, led by Central Division, covered a wide area in the central part of Singapore.

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87 arrested after five-day raid in Geylang
Enforcement officers cracked down on public gaming offences in a multi-agency operation in Geylang.FOTO: S'PORE POLICE FORCE

Police have arrested 87 people after a 5-day operation in Geylang 

A total of 54 men and 33 women, aged between 20 and 56, were nabbed after the authorities raided hotels, streets & private residences, the police said in a statement on Sun (Sep 4).

They are being held on suspicion of vice, public gaming and drug offences, sale of illegal sexual enhancement products, & peddling of contraband cigarettes. Investigations are ongoing

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75 people arrested after police raids at massage parlours, public entertainment outlets
The police have been cracking down on massage establishments since the start of the year

A total of 75 people were arrested in a four-day enforcement blitz conducted by the police on unlicensed massage parlours and public entertainment outlets.


8 parlours and 8 entertainment outlets located at Orchard Road, Upper Thomson Road, Upper Paya Lebar Road, and Balestier Road were raided between last Thursday (Jun 23) and Sun (Jun 26), police said in a news release.


The suspects -- 66 women and nine men aged between 19 and 51 -- were arrested for criminal and employment-related offences.


related: ONLINE PROSTITUTION


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7 massage parlours in Singapore in trouble for operating without valid licences

The operators of 7 massage parlours have been found running their establishments without a valid licence, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) announced in a news release.

The Straits Times understands that illegal services were also offered at some of the parlours.

In the release on Sun (Jun 12), SPF said it had been conducting enforcement operations against massage establishments in several areas between Jan and Jun this year.

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Dhoby Ghaut spa 'almost like a brothel'
OPEN FOR BUSINESS: The outside of one of the massage parlours

A total of 75 people were arrested in a series of enforcement operations conducted by the police between Jun 23 and 26 at 8 unlicensed massage establishments and 8 public entertainment outlets at Orchard Road, Upper Thomson Road, Upper Paya Lebar Road and Balestier Road. 

The 4-day operation saw 66 women and nine men aged between 19 and 51 arrested for various criminal and employment related offences.

related: SEX OFFENCES

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Police conducted checks at both spas
What you will see as you enter one of the massage parlours

The 2 massage parlours are known to the police, a police spokesman tells TNPS.

In Mar this year, the police conducted enforcement checks at the Prinsep Street massage parlour. They did the same at the Sophia Road massage parlour in May.

Says the spokesman: "Actions have been taken against offenders under the Massage Establishment Act and the Immigration Act.

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Vice in Woodlands: From HDB brothel to illegal hotel?
A suspected prostitute in a Woodlands flat earlier this month: 36 people were arrested in the island-wide raid of suspected brothels in the HDB heartland.FOTO: WANBAO FILE

Some HDB heartlanders are wondering what's taking place behind closed doors at this Woodlands flat.

The unit used to be a heartland brothel, with strangers turning up at all hours of the day and even late into the night.

These unfamiliar faces were all men, who looked to be in their 30s to 50s.

related: 36 nabbed in suspected brothels in HDB heartland

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34 women arrested after police raid 6 HDB estates island-wide -- in anti-vice sweep

Police raided 6 HDB estates island-wide over the past two days, covering areas such as Sembawang, Woodlands, Jurong West, Sengkang, and Chinatown.

Acording to Shin Min Daily News, a total of 36 people were arrested in this operation - 34 women and 2 men. Their ages range from 21 to 48 yrs old.

They were arrested for their suspected involvement in vice-related activities. It is understood that the women are Chinese. The men - believed to be pimps - are also foreigners.

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36 arrested on suspicion of vice-related activities in HDB units

2 men & 34 women, aged between 21 & 48, have been arrested for their suspected involvement in vice-related activities in residential areas in Singapore, said police on Thu (Jul 9).

Preliminary investigations revealed that the women had advertised their sexual services online and carried out vice-related activities in various residential areas, said police.

Police conducted raids at locations including Woodlands, Sembawang, Sengkang, Jurong West, Yishun, Chinatown and River Valley in a two-day operation which ended on Wednesday. During the operation, police seized items such as boxes of condoms, lubricants, mobile phones, cash, contraband cigarettes and work documents which were believed to be forged.

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Four jailed for vice activities in HDB heartland

4 Chinese nationals who were involved in vice activities in HDB heartland were jailed between 10 weeks and 12 months on Friday.

The longest sentence was meted out to former bus captain Chen Ping Gen, 32, who pleaded guilty to seven of 20 charges - for conspiring with Jiang Ying, 28, and Gerald Koh Chee Kong, 38, to live on prostitution earnings, managing a place as a brothel, as well as harbouring and procuring women from China to work as callgirls.


His girlfriend, Liang Yadi, 23, came here to work as a prostitute in August, but gave up after 2 days. She then moved in to live with Chen. She was jailed for 10 weeks after admitting to two of three charges of helping Chen live on a 25-yr-old's prostitution earnings.


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Police vice crackdown: Guests kept singing during raid

5 teenagers were among 85 people arrested in a major operation that ended on Saturday.

A 15-yr-old boy was arrested for illegal money-lending activities, said a police spokesman.


The teenagers, including the oldest at 19, were arrested for drug, illegal money-lending activities and a vice-related offence.

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409 arrested in raids in Little India, Chinatown
Women caught after a raid on an apartment in Chinatown. The police operation, which ended yesterday, busted four illegal gambling dens and two online vice syndicates

A police operation started 1 week ago has nabbed more than 400 suspects for a range of offences, including illegal employment, unlicensed money-lending, soliciting in public places & illegal betting.

78 men and 331 women, between the ages of 15 and 82, have been arrested.

The sting, which ended early yesterday, busted four illegal gambling dens and two online vice syndicates in the Chinatown and Little India areas.



409 arrested in week-long operation targeting vice activities

Police have arrested a total of 409 suspects in a series of anti-crime operations which commenced on Aug 30 and lasted till the early morning of Sep 6.

This week-long operation, spearheaded by Central Police Division, targeted illicit & criminal activities at various locations across the Division.

Apart from enforcement checks at public entertainment outlets & massage establishments, four illegal gambling dens as well as two online vice syndicates operating out of hotels and private apartments were also busted.

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50 foreign nationals arrested after 4-day police bust at Geylang and Joo Chiat night spots

A total of 50 persons were arrested in Police Operations targeting four public entertainment outlets from 4 Jun 2013 to 7 Jun 2013.

The Operations, led by from Bedok Police Division, carried out enforcement checks at four public entertainment outlets located along Joo Chiat Road and Geylang. A total of 50 persons, comprising of 49 female foreigners and 1 male foreigner aged between 18 & 37, were arrested for unlawful employment offences. Police also issued summons under the Public Entertainment Meeting Act to all the four entertainment outlets.

This is part of ongoing Police enforcement efforts to clamp down on criminal activities at entertainment outlets and serves as a warning that those who conduct such illicit activities will be dealt with in accordance with the law.

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46 arrested for illegal employment at Geylang entertainment outlets
A total of 46 people were arrested in a police operation which ended early this morning

In an 8-hour operation involving officers from Bedok Police Division and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), enforcement checks were carried out at public entertainment outlets in Geylang.

During the operation, 46 suspects - comprising of 45 female foreigners and 1 male foreigner - were arrested for unlawful employment offences.

The ages of those arrested ranged between 18 and 30.
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130 arrested in overnight crime blitz
Suspects apprehended during the blitz. Photo: Singapore Police Force

130 suspects comprizing 48 men & 82 women were arrested during an overnight crime blitz yesterday (Aug 30).
A police statement said the suspects, who were aged between 18 & 73, had been arrested for various offences.

76 had been arrested for offences involving illegal employment and the rest were apprehended for illegal gaming, unlawful assembly, drink driving and other criminal offences.

The joint anti-crime operation had been led by Central Police Division and supported by officers from Criminal Investigation Department, Traffic Police, Central Narcotics Bureau and Singapore Civil Defence Force.

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Police arrest 168 for various offences in islandwide operation

In a continued effort to clamp down criminal activities, Central Police Division with support from Criminal Investigation Department and Traffic Police, conducted a series of operations from 3 to 7 Apr 2013.

These operations resulted in the arrest of 168 persons, comprising 62 males & 106 females between the ages of 18 and 72, for various offences.

The operations saw officers cracking down on illegal gambling in the Jalan Besar area, with enforcement checks conducted at public entertainment outlets, and massage establishments located along Marina Bay, South Bridge Road and Little India. Road blocks were also set up within to detect drink driving. 

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20 women arrested in anti-vice blitz
A raid in the western region of Singapore led to the arrest of 89 people, including 39 women allegedly involved in prostitution-related activities

The police said on Thu (Oct 8) that it arrested 20 women who are suspected to be involved in vice-related activities in the northern and western parts of Singapore.

In an operation from Oct 6 to Oct 7, officers from Jurong Division conducted simultaneous raids at multiple locations including Woodlands, Admiralty, Bukit Batok and Jurong West.

They arrested the female suspects and also seized boxes of condoms, lubricants and mobile phones as case exhibits.

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38 women were arrested in a raid at two entertainment outlets in Joo Chiat
Residents in Joo Chiat and Geylang are tired of vice-related activities in their neighbourhood

Residents say scantily clad women always return despite vice raids. They said that although the police hit hard and often, the girls keep coming back.

Last Saturday, 38 women were arrested in a raid at two entertainment outlets in Joo Chiat.

And in the last two months alone, at least 85 people were arrested for suspected involvement in vice in Geylang.

3-day police raid targets Geylang alleys, entertainment outlets
The men were arrested in connection with illegal public gaming, and for being suspected members of unlawful societies, the police said in a statement

A series of police raids conducted over 3 days targeting coffeeshops, entertainment outlets and back alleys at Geylang have resulted in the arrest of 24 men aged between 18 & 68.

The joint raids started on Fri (Feb 26) and ended on Sun morning, involving agencies like the Criminal Investigation Department, Police Intelligence Department, and the Central Narcotics Bureau.

The men were arrested in connection with illegal public gaming, and for being suspected members of unlawful societies, the police said in a statement.


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27 arrested in 17-hour joint enforcement raid by Police, CNB and SCDF

27 subjects were arrested following a 17-hour joint enforcement operation that commenced on Monday (Jul 21) at 9am.

Details of the raid were posted on the Singapore Police Force's facebook page, along with a photo of an arrest that was made.

In the post, SPF said that the operation was jointly led by Ang Mo Kio Police Division and Central Narcotics Bureau,.


24 men arrested in 3-day raid of Geylang alleys, coffeeshops and entertainment outlets

A series of police raids conducted over three days targeting coffeeshops, entertainment outlets and back alleys at Geylang have resulted in the arrest of 24 men aged between 18 & 68.

The joint raids started on Fri (Feb 26) and ended on Sunday morning, involving agencies like the Criminal Investigation Department, Police Intelligence Department, and the Central Narcotics Bureau.

The men were arrested in connection with illegal public gaming, and for being suspected members of unlawful societies, the police said in a statement.


9 men and 41 women arrested in overnight raid at Geylang

A total of 50 people were arrested for various offences in Geylang during an overnight joint operation that ended on Sat (Dec 13).

The suspects arrested comprise nine men and 41 women, aged between 19 and 56 years old, reports AsiaOne.

They are believed to be involved in vice, drug-related offences, immigration offences and peddling of illegal sexual enhancement products.


50 arrested in overnight raid in Geylang

A total of 50 people were arrested for various offences in Geylang during an overnight joint operation that ended on Saturday.

The suspects arrested comprise nine men and 41 women, aged between 19 & 56 yrs old.

They are believed to be involved in vice, drug-related offences, immigration offences and peddling of illegal sexual enhancement products.


82 arrested during 4-day raid in Geylang for offences including selling sex drugs and vice

The police have arrested 82 suspects in Geylang on Fri (Mar 25) morning in an operation that lasted 4 days.

According to a press statement released on Saturday (March 26), 63 male suspects were arrested for various offences including peddling of contraband cigarettes, sale of illegal sexual enhancement products and public gaming.

The men were aged between 15 and 66. 19 females aged between 22 and 39 were also arrested for vice-related offences.


78 women nabbed for vice, 9 men arrested for drink driving in joint operation by police and SCDF in Geylang
87 people were arrested in a joint operation conducted by officers from the Singapore Police Force with the support of the Singapore Civil Defence Force

The anti-crime and anti-drink driving operation was led by the Criminal Investigation Department and ended in the early morning of 6 Feb 2015.

During the operation, officers carried out a series of targeted raids and proactive checks at various locations including shophouses, coffee shops and back-alleys in the vicinity of Geylang.

Road blocks were also set up in the vicinity of Geylang, according to a Facebook post by the Singapore Police Force.


32 massage parlours busted

A SERIES of police raids in March netted 32 unlicensed massage parlours in Bedok, Tampines & Marine Parade - and ended with 25 operators being summoned to court.

During March 15 to 29, officers also arrested 60 female Chinese nationals for various offences, including working illegally in the massage parlours. Some of the women were said to be involved in vice activities and offered sexual services for a fee.

Those convicted of running a massage establishment without a valid license can be fined up to $1,000 and up to $50 for every day during which the offence continues after conviction.

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21 women arrested in illegal massage parlours
Police have arrested 21 foreign women working in unlicensed massage parlours in a week-long operation from Oct 4 to 11

Raids were carried out at two establishments on Dunlop Street on Oct 4,5 and 11.

The 21 women arrested are between the ages of 20 and 48 and in Singapore on social visit passes.

A 53-yr-old man, believed to be the operator of these establishments is also under police investigation.

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SPF RAIDS FAIL TO STEM RAMPANT PROSTITUTION IN WOODLANDS FOREST

Following a series of raids into the forested "vice havens" of Woodlands, residents breathed a sigh of relief as the rampant underground prostitution taking place appeared to be slowing down.

The respite was short lived however, as prostitution gangs returned swiftly to the forested area between Woodlands Avenue 4 and 9 within a matter of days since the last police raid.

An unnamed resident revealed that most of the activity usually takes place after nightfall, with scores of men taking taxis to the area with a scantily dressed companion in tow. They would then enter into the area concealed by the forest and do the deed. When they finished, the duo would go their separate ways, with the customers leaving first

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61 foreign nationals arrested for illicit activities in Punggol forest

"The police arrested 61 foreign nationals in the forested areas along Punggol on Friday night for being allegedly involved in illicit activities.

Police said in a statement on Saturday that the suspects, comprising men and women, are "believed to have used the cover of the forest for various illicit activities such as vice and gambling".

In the raid, which involved officers from the Ang Mo Kio Police Division, Criminal Investigation Department and Gurkha Contingent, the foreign nationals were arrested for wilful trespass on state land or offences under the Women's Charter. If found guilty, they can be fined up to $1,000. Full story
50 arrested in Sembawang brothel raid

On Tuesday, police officers raided the brothel in the forested area along Sembawang Drive and arrested about 40 men & 10 women. The women, mostly clad in revealing tops and skimpy shorts, were led away to police cars. Several of the men were topless when arrested.

The ground was littered with tissue paper, water bottles and open condom wrappers. tarpaulin sheets were hung up to create three small rooms in the makeshift brothel.

Some office workers in the nearby Admirax building, which is facing the forested area, were shocked to hear about the police raid.


103 suspected drug offenders nabbed in 4-day blitz

A total of 103 suspected drug offenders have been nabbed by officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau in 4-day islandwide operations which started on Monday.

Officers also seized drugs worth more than $85,000. The total haul included about 1kg of heroin, 18 grams of 'Ice', 290 grams of cannabis, Ecstasy and Erimin-5 tablets, and a small amount of ketamine, said the CNB in a news release on Friday.

The extensive drug bust was conducted with the support of officers from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, Singapore Civil Defence Force, and the police.

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Over 1,500 prostitutes sell their services on local website

A website that claimed to feature "Singapore's hottest babes" was revealed to be a site that allows visitors to "hook-up" or purchase sexual services from over 1,500 prostitutes.

According to Lianhe Wanbao, the site which claimed to be the "best site in Singapore" for information about the "hottest babes", masked its darker nature.

In fact, the site allows visitors to book and purchase sexual services from over 1,500 young prostitutes online, who operated out of flats in east, west, north and central Singapore.

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143 nabbed in 12-hour op

Police nabbed 143 people suspected of various offences, including vice-related activities, in a series of raids that lasted 12-hrs and ended yesterday morning.

The raids were conducted in Geylang and entertainment outlets and back alleys in the Orchard and Bugis areas.

The Geylang raid attracted much attention from shopowners. While residents in the area welcome the police raids, some shopowners said the increased raids have affected their businesses.

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