The Police have arrested seven women, aged between 27 and 52, for their involvement in suspected vice-related activities at Orchard Towers. Additionally, a 52-year-old man was charged in court for his suspected involvement in operating a vice outlet at Orchard Towers.
Between 7 to 19 July 2022, Tanglin Police Division conducted a series of operations targeting vice activities at Orchard Towers. The seven women, who were believed to have operated from individual shopping mall outlets, were arrested for offences under the Women’s Charter Act.
Upon conclusion of investigations, a 52-year-old man was charged with purportedly operating an unlicensed massage establishment at Orchard Towers, under Section 5(1) of the Massage Establishments Act 2017, on 20 July 2022.
The operations are part of Police’s ongoing enforcement efforts to clamp down on vice-related activities in the shopping district.
Landlords are advised to ensure that tenants do not carry out illicit activities in their premises. Under the Women’s Charter, a first-time offender who keeps, manages or assists in the management of a brothel shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $3000, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years, or both. In addition, any person who knowingly lives wholly or in part on the earnings of the prostitution of another person can be jailed up to five years and fined up to $10,000.
Action will be taken against operators who flout the rules and regulations under the Massage Establishments Act 2017. First–time offenders found guilty of operating an unlicensed massage establishment may be liable to a fine not exceeding $10,000, an imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or both. Repeated offenders found guilty of operating an unlicensed massage establishment may be liable to a fine not exceeding $20,000, an imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years, or both.
Commander of Tanglin Police Division, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police, Cheong Chee Ming, said, “The Police will continue to take tough enforcement action against those involved in criminal activities. Those found engaging in illicit activities will be dealt with sternly in accordance with the law.”
Investigations against the seven arrested individuals are ongoing.
Outlet in shopping mall
Women arrested for Women’s Charter offences
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
27 July 2022 @ 7:45 PM