Twelve women and a man, aged between 23 to 46, have been arrested for suspected involvement in vice-related activities in residential areas.
According to a police statement on Thursday (Sept 7), officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division raided five residential units in Kovan, Sembawang, and Yishun in August 2017.
Other than the arrests, cash amounting to $1,560, mobile phones, and related documents were seized.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the 12 women were believed to be advertising sexual services via online websites and operating within the residential areas. A man was arrested as he is believed to have assisted in the management of the vice activities in one of the residential units.
Investigations will also be carried out against the house owners.
Any person found guilty of being the tenant, lessee or occupier or person in charge of a brothel and the offence of keeping, managing or assisting in the management of a brothel are liable to be fined up to a maximum of $10,000, or jailed up to five years, or both.
In addition, any person who contravenes the offence of knowingly living wholly or in part on the earnings of the prostitution of another person, for example by receiving rental earnings from the prostitutes, may be jailed for up to five years and fined up to $10,000.
The police says it will spare no effort in clamping down on online vice activities, especially those operating in the heartlands. House owners are also advised to be diligent in ensuring that their tenants do not carry out vice activities in their units.