Woman who ran 3 illegal massage parlours at Orchard Towers fined $1,000

Amir Hussain
Senior Reporter
Ng Mui Lan, 56, pleaded guilty to one charge of operating a massage parlour without a licence issued under the Massage Establishments Act. (PHOTO: Google Street View screengrab)

SINGAPORE — A 56-year-old woman who ran three illegal massage parlours at Orchard Towers was fined the maximum $1,000 on Tuesday (18 June).

Singaporean Ng Mui Lan pleaded guilty to a single charge of operating a massage establishment without a licence issued under the Massage Establishments Act.

Two other charges of the same and one count of helping multiple unknown unlicensed moneylenders by making electronic bank transactions were taken into consideration for his sentencing.

Parlours on two floors

The three massage parlours Ng ran were SE Beauty Studio on the fourth floor of Orchard Towers, and Queen Star Beauty and Rose Spa, both of which are on the second floor of the building.

At about 10.15pm on 16 November, two customers visited SE Beauty Studio, each for a 30-minute full body massage for $50, the court heard. The customers were not named in court.

They were attended to by two masseuses, aged 34 and 39. After about 10 to 15 minutes of massage, both customers were asked if they wanted any sexual services.

At about the same time, police officers raided the unit. A $50 note from one of the customers was seized as evidence by the police.

The punishment for operating a massage parlour without a licence under the Massage Establishments Act is a fine of up to $1,000.

If an offender continues to operate his or her illegal massage parlour after conviction, he or she faces a further fine of up to $50 for every day during which the offence continues.

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