107 Arrested In 32-Day Islandwide Anti-Vice Operation


The Police have arrested 106 women and a man, aged between 19 and 55, for their suspected involvement in vice-related activities.

Between 27 August 2019 and 27 September 2019, officers from the Criminal Investigation Department and the seven Police Land Divisions conducted sustained coordinated enforcement operations at multiple locations island-wide, including condominiums, hotels and residential units located at Jurong, Sims Ave, Hougang, Geylang, Admiralty, Tiong Bahru, Kim Keat Road, Choa Chu Kang, Eastwood, Middle Road and Moulmein Road.

The Police will continue to work with members of the public on the information submitted regarding vice activities and will take tough enforcement action against those involved in such activities.

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 a jail term of up to five years and a fine not exceeding $10,000. Any male person who is convicted of a second or subsequent offence shall, in addition to any term of imprisonment imposed in respect of such offence, be liable to caning.

HDB flats are meant for residential purposes, and the use of flats for vice activities is strictly prohibited. Flat owners play an important role in preventing vice in heartlands, and are reminded to conduct regular checks on their tenants to prevent vice activities from proliferating in residential estates.

HDB takes a serious view on the misuse of HDB flats and will not hesitate to take appropriate actions against flat owners who are found to be involved in the misuse. Flat owners who knowingly rent their premises to any person for vice-related activities will be prosecuted and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $3,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or to both and, in the case of a second or subsequent conviction, to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to both. Tenants who are found to be involved in the misuse of the flat will be investigated and dealt with accordingly and thereafter not be allowed to rent an HDB flat for five years.

Source: Singapore Police Force