Three men and 11 women were arrested in multiple estates around Singapore during a week-long joint enforcement operation led by the Ang Mo Kio Police Division.
The operation, supported by the Central Narcotics Bureau and the Singapore Civil Defence Force, was carried out at the Ang Mo Kio, Kovan, Sembawang, Upper Serangoon and Yishun estates from 3 to 9 September, said the police in a news release on Thursday (13 September).
Among those detained, 10 women aged between 28 and 40 were found to be advertising sexual services online and operating from residential units in Kovan, Sembawang and Yishun estates.
They were arrested under the Women’s Charter, excluding one woman who was arrested under the Employment Act. Twelve mobile phones were seized, along with cash amounting to $1,630.
The other four – three men and a woman aged between 33 and 51 – were arrested for suspected drug-related offences. Two packets of substances and six tablets – believed to be controlled drugs – along with some drug paraphernalia were seized.
Investigations against all the suspects are ongoing. The police advise all landlords to ensure that their tenants do not carry out vice activities on their premises.
Under the Women’s Charter, anyone found to keep, manage or assist in the management of a brothel can jailed up to five years and fined up to $10,000. Anyone found to knowingly live off earnings of the prostitution of another person can be jailed up to five years and fined up to $10,000.
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