409 arrested in raids in Little India, Chinatown

409 arrested in raids in Little India, Chinatown
Women caught after a raid on an apartment in Chinatown. The police operation, which ended yesterday, busted four illegal gambling dens and two online vice syndicates.

A police operation started one week ago has nabbed more than 400 suspects for a range of offences, including illegal employment, unlicensed money-lending, soliciting in public places and illegal betting.

Seventy-eight men and 331 women, between the ages of 15 and 82, have been arrested.

The sting, which ended early yesterday, busted four illegal gambling dens and two online vice syndicates in the Chinatown and Little India areas.

They had been operating out of hotels and private apartments.

About 200 police officers were involved in the raid.

In one apartment, police found more than 100 condoms, birth control pills, bottles of mouthwash and towels, Chinese evening daily Shin Min Daily News reported.

Another apartment, on the second level of a shophouse in Little India, had a long ladder placed in its kitchen, believed to be an escape route. It led to the roof, which had tiles that could be easily removed.

The police also conducted enforcement checks at public entertainment outlets and massage establishments.

A beauty parlour in a shopping mall in Coleman Street was reportedly found to be providing massage services without an authorised licence.

Police are still investigating.

The commander of Central Police Division, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Daniel Tan, said the police will continue to clamp down on criminal activities. "Those found engaging in illicit activities will be dealt with in accordance with the law."

leepearl@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on September 07, 2014.
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