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21 suspects were arrested for their suspected involvement in advertising sexual services of female escorts online.
In a statement, the police said that they have crippled two vice syndicates and a vice website in a 12- hour operation conducted on Jul 12.
During the operation, officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) conducted raids at multiple locations islandwide, including Havelock Road, Marine Parade, Whampoa Road, Cairnhill, Lavender Road and Balestier Road.
The suspects arrested comprised of five men and sixteen women aged between 22 and 57.
26 mobile phones, eight laptops, condoms and related documents were also seized for investigations.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects had operated a vice website, www.laksaboy.com, which hosted 22 banners believed to be owned by different vice syndicates. The banners featured female escorts of various nationalities advertising sexual services online.
A 29-year-old man will be charged in Court on 22 July 2017 under the Women’s Charter.
Investigations against the remaining suspects are ongoing.
The police will continue to take tough enforcement action against those involved in syndicated vice activities. Under the Women’s Charter, Chapter 353:
1. Any person who knowingly lives wholly or in part on the earnings of the prostitution of another person (being a woman or girl) shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years and shall also be liable to a fine not exceeding S$10,000;
2. Any person who knowingly solicits, receives or agrees to receive any gratification as an inducement or reward for providing any service, and who by providing that service does or will aid the prostitution of another person (being a woman or girl), shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years and shall also be liable to a fine not exceeding $10,000; and
3. A person in Singapore who, in the course of business, operates or maintains in Singapore a remote communication service that offers or facilitates the provision by a woman or girl to another person of sexual services in return for payment or reward shall be liable to a fine not exceeding $3,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or to both.