10 persons to be charged for violations in massage operations

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*This story was updated at 11.07am on 10 October 2018 to reflect updated numbers from the police on the number of people being charged and the number of unlicensed massage establishments involved.

Ten persons will be charged for violations in relation to massage operations on Wednesday (10 October).

The six men and four women, aged between 36 and 74, were involved with massage establishments along North Bridge Road, Coleman Street, Anson Road, Bencoolen Street, Serangoon Road, Havelock Road, Rochor Road, Upper Cross Street, Tanjong Pagar Plaza and King George’s Avenue.

Seven unlicensed massage establishment operators will be charged with providing massage services in an establishment without a license. Among them, one was found to be a repeat offender.

If found guilty, first-time offenders shall be liable to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to jail of up to two years or to both. Repeat offenders shall face a maximum fine of $20,000 or a maximum jail term of fives years or to both.

The remaining three licensed massage establishment licensees were found to have employed individuals working in massage establishments without the approval of the licensing officer. They also failed to ensure that the particulars of clients were properly recorded before providing massage services.

One of the three massage establishments has also failed to ensure that employees wear the uniform approved by the licensing officer when at work.

If found guilty, they shall be liable to a maximum fine of $5,000 separately for each charge.

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