The Police have arrested seven men and 32 women, aged between 21 to 71, in a four-day operation from 7 to 10 March 2019. The series of raids targeting vice and gambling activities were conducted along Beach Road, Bencoolen Street, Rochor Canal Road, Desker road, Jalan Sultan, Seng Poh Road and Crawford Lane.
30 women were arrested for offences under the Women's Charter. These women were believed to be offering sexual services and operating from hotels and rented apartments.
Five men and two women were arrested for offences under the Common Gaming Houses Act. Cash amounting to $392/- were seized.
The remaining two men were arrested for immigration related offences.
Investigation are ongoing.
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.
Under the Common Gaming Houses Act, any person found gaming in any a public place shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.
The Police will continue to clamp down on these criminal activities and those found engaging in illicit activities will be dealt with sternly in accordance with the law.
Source: Singapore Police Force