SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/Asia News Network): The police have arrested 35 women and two men for their suspected involvement in vice-related activities after raiding multiple premises in March.
Investigations on the 37 suspects, aged between 21 and 42, are ongoing, said the police on Monday (March 27).
The two men arrested, aged 21 and 23, are being investigated for organising the provision of sexual services.
“Several of the women arrested during this operation had advertised their sexual services online,” said the police.
The suspects were rounded up at multiple massage establishments, hotels, and commercial units in Balestier Road, Outram Road, Upper Paya Lebar and Selegie Road.
The operation took place between March 1 and 23, and involved officers from the Criminal Investigation Department and Tanglin Police Division.
“We will continue to sustain the tempo of operations, and work closely with other law enforcement agencies to take tough action against those involved in illicit activities,” said Teo Yee Lay, deputy commander of Tanglin Division and deputy assistant commissioner of police.
She added: “Offenders will be dealt with firmly in accordance with the law.”
Those convicted under the Women’s Charter for using online platforms linked to Singapore to offer or facilitate the provision of paid sexual services by a woman or girl to another person, can be fined up to S$100,000 and jailed for up to five years.
Under the same act, those who live off earnings from prostitutes could face a mandatory jail term of up to seven years and a $100,000 fine.