Online vice syndicate smashed

SINGAPORE - An eight-hour operation has crippled an online vice syndicate and led to the arrest of 23 persons who are suspected to be involved in the operations.

Simultaneous raids were conducted at various locations in the Western and Central parts of the island by officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Police Intelligence Department (PID) on December 28.

In all, 23 suspects comprising 11 men and 12 women aged between 24 and 38 years were hauled up for suspected involvement in vice-related activities. The island-wide operation also uncovered one location believed to have been used as a call centre by the syndicate, where phone bookings for vice-related services were received and planned.

Cash, laptops, handphones, bank books, ATM cards, phone cards, thumb drives and transaction records were also seized as case exhibits for investigation purposes. Investigations against all the suspects are currently ongoing.

Any person who contravenes the offences under the provisions of the Women's Charter, Chapter 353, is liable on conviction to a fine of up to $10,000, or to imprisonment of up to five years, or both. Any male person who is convicted of a second or subsequent offence under this provision shall, in addition to any term of imprisonment imposed in respect of such offence, be liable to caning.