36 arrested in anti-vice blitz

36 arrested in anti-vice blitz
PHOTO: The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - Police have arrested 36 suspects, comprising two men and 34 women aged between 21 and 48, for their suspected involvement in vice-related activities in residential areas across Singapore.

In a two-day island-wide operation which ended on July 8, police officers from the Ang Mo Kio Division, Jurong Division and Criminal Investigation Department (CID) conducted simultaneous raids at several locations, including Woodlands, Sembawang, Sengkang, Jurong West, Yishun, Chinatown and River Valley.

During the operation, items such as boxes of condoms, lubricants, mobile phones, cash, contraband cigarettes and work documents which were believed to be forged, were also seized.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the women had advertised their sexual services online and carried out vice-related activities in residential units in different parts of the island.

Investigations will be carried out against the premise owners and the Housing Development Board (HDB) will be alerted to the units believed to have been used for the vice-related activities.

Any person who commits the offence 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 is liable, on conviction, to a fine of up to $10,000, or imprisonment of up to five years, or both.

In addition, any person who is found guilty of living wholly or in part on the earnings of the prostitution of another person, for example, receiving rental earnings from the prostitutes, is liable to a jail term of up to five years and a fine not exceeding $10,000.

Head of the Specialised Crime Branch of CID, Superintendent of Police Lawrence Eng said: "Police will spare no effort in clamping down on syndicated vice activities, especially those operating in the heartlands."

The police would also like to advise house owners in ensuring that their tenants do not carry out illicit activities in their units.

stephluo@sph.com.sg

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