S'pore is where you go to earn a lot of money

S'pore is where you go to earn a lot of money

She knows the risk of walking the streets of Geylang at night, offering sex to men.

If she's caught, she can be jailed and deported, never to be allowed back into Singapore.

But she doesn't care because the lure of easy money is too strong.

To Amelia (not her real name), Singapore is the land of milk and honey.

The 23-year-old Indonesian said she came to Singapore because "you can earn a lot of money".

"I've had neighbours who came here and made enough to buy a home in my village, so why shouldn't I do the same?" she said.

Amelia, who used to run a food stall in her native Sumatra, operates as a streetwalker in Geylang Lorong 12.

The night I met her, the petite woman with long black hair was dressed in a top with a plunging neckline and a short skirt.

She came to Singapore on a social visit pass, which does not allow her to work here.

Unlike licensed prostitutes in brothels who go for regular checks for sexually transmitted diseases, Amelia, like most freelancers, doesn't.

The fact that she has to play hide-and-seek with the police nightly doesn't bother her.

She said she just wants to "hook as many men as I can to make money, because that's what I am here for".

Observing her from a distance before approaching her, I could tell she was one of the more popular women in the area.

The moment she stepped onto the street at around midnight, she immediately attracted the attention of a group of men.

They hovered around even after I approached her.

We made small talk. But Amelia did not ignore her admirers, smiling at them before turning to me with a laugh.

"It's quite easy to make money here. You can find a lot of customers as long as you are pretty enough," she proudly proclaimed in Bahasa Indonesia.

"This is my second time here. When I first came here last year, I made a decent amount of money," she said, but declined to reveal the sum.

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