32 arrested in anti-vice operation, including 18 females who allegedly provided sexual services

A total of 23 women and nine men were arrested in a five-day operation targeting vice activities along Jalan Besar Road, Rangoon Road, Sing Joo Walk, Race Course Lane, Beach Road, Stamford Road, Cross Street and Kampong Bahru Road.

The operation, conducted by the Central Police Division, took place between Dec 18 and 22.

The suspects were nabbed for offences under the Women’s Charter, Employment of Foreign Workers Act, Common Gaming House Act and Remote Gambling Act.

Of the 32 people arrested, 18 women were arrested for their suspected involvement in providing sexual services at private apartments and hotels.

The police added in a news release: "Landlords and hotel owners are advised to ensure that tenants do not carry out vice activities in their premises.

"Unlicensed brothel operators can be given a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or up to five years’ imprisonment.

"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.

"The police will spare no effort in clamping down on such vice activities. Those found engaging in illicit activities will be dealt with sternly in accordance to the law."