40 nabbed after police crackdown on public entertainment outlets

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SINGAPORE - A total of 40 people have been arrested after a crack down on public entertainment outlets over the weekend.

In a statement on Tuesday (May 17), the police said that a total of 300 people were checked at 36 public entertainment outlets in a series of enforcement operations held between May 13 and May 15.

The outlets are located at Jalan Besar, Kitchener Road, Foch Road, Dalhousie Lane, Jalan Sultan, Beach Road, Middle Road, Duxton Road and New Bridge Road.

40 people, aged between 19 and 52, were arrested for criminal and employment-related offences. Actions were also taken against 14 public entertainment outlets for infringing licensing conditions.

The police said that the operations were part of ongoing enforcement efforts against crime and licensing infringements at public entertainment outlets.

Between January and May this year, enforcement operations were conducted against errant massage parlours in Chinatown, Bugis, Little India, Beach Road, Lavender Street, Jalan Sultan, Jalan Besar, North Bridge Road, South Bridge Road and Coleman Street.

According to the police, seven public entertainment outlet directors and their licensees, and 11 massage parlour operators will be charged for offences relating to the Public Entertainment and Meeting Act and the Massage Establishments Act.