Arrested: 25 women for advertising sexual services, 9 men for illegal horse betting

A total of 25 women and 9 men, aged between 22 and 74, were arrested in a two-day operation by the Central Police Division which ended on Aug 2.

The police said in a statement on Aug 4 that the series of raids targetting vice and gambling activities were conducted along Sing Joo Walk, Jalan Besar, Kelantan Lane, Smith Street, Lavender Street, Stamford Road, Middle Road and King George's Avenue.

The 25 women are believed to have advertised sexual services online while conducting vice activities at hotels and rented apartments. They were arrested for offences under the Women's Charter and Immigration Act.

The police advised landlords and hotel owners to ensure their tenants do not carry out vice activities in their premises.

Unlicensed brothel operators can be fined up to $10,000 and/or jailed up to five years.

Any person who knowingly lives wholly or in part on the earning of the prostitution of another person can be jailed up to five years and fined up to $10,000.

Separately, the nine men were arrested for their suspected involvement in illegal horse betting activities.

A total of $2,812 in cash was seized.

Any person who bets with a bookmaker is liable, on conviction, to a fine of up to $5,000, jailed up to six months, or both.

Those found to be involved in bookmaking may be fined between $20,000 to $200,000 and face up to five years' jail.