The Oldest Profession in Singapore is thriving and going online…and keeping the Vice Squad busy!

The originator of the phrase “the world’s oldest profession” was Rudyard Kipling. His 1888 story about a prostitute begins, “Lalun is a member of the most ancient profession in the world.”

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2012/03/rush_limbaugh_calls_sandra_fluke_a_prostitute_is_prostitution_really_the_world_s_oldest_profession_.html

Such terms as GRO and masseuse are synonymous with prostitute.

Prostitution in Singapore in itself is not illegal, but various prostitution-related activities are criminalized. This includes public solicitation, living on the earnings of a prostitute and maintaining a brothel. In practice, police unofficially tolerate and monitor a limited number of brothels. Prostitutes in such establishments are required to undergo periodic health checks and must carry a health card.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostitution_in_Singapore

The basic difference between purchasing online sex and sex at the door is that, in the former, you pay online and hope she delivers; while in the former, she delivers and then you pay.

9 September 2017

13 arrested for vice-related activities in homes

Police have arrested 12 women and a man for their suspected involvement in vice-related activities in residential areas.

The suspects, aged between 23 and 46, were nabbed last month when officers from the Ang Mo Kio Police Division raided five residential units in Kovan, Sembawang and Yishun.

Cash amounting to $1,560, mobile phones and other related documents were seized during the raids.

The 12 women are believed to have advertised sexual services through online websites.

The man is believed to have helped manage the vice activities in one of the residential units.

http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/13-arrested-vice-related-activities-homes?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#link_time=1504954782

29 August 2017

14 women arrested in cross-island vice raid
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SINGAPORE: Fourteen women were arrested in islandwide vice raids on Thursday (Aug 24), police said in a joint news release.

Authorities conducted simultaneous raids at multiple locations including Jalan Besar, Selegie Road, Mackenzie Road, Serangoon Road, Woodlands, Ang Mo Kio and Jurong East.

Two mobile phones and one desktop computer were seized in the operation conducted by the Criminal Investigation Department and the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).
Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/14-women-arrested-in-cross-island-vice-raid-9166524

 

5 August 2017

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Police arrest 6 women in massage parlour raids

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The six women – aged between 24 and 48- were arrested for working without a valid work permit.

Thirty massage beds, ten shower cubicles and other items used by massage outlets were also seized, the police said in a news release on Thursday.

http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/police-arrest-6-women-massage-parlour-raids?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#link_time=1501907947

21 July 2017

Suspected operators of vice website Laksaboy arrested; 2 syndicates crippled

21 Jul 2017 11:45PM

SINGAPORE: The suspected operators of vice website Laksaboy were arrested on Thursday in a series of raids that netted 21 people islandwide, police said in a news release on Friday (Jul 21).

The Laksaboy website hosted 22 banners believed to be owned by different vice syndicates, police said. The banners featured female escorts of various nationalities advertising sexual services online.

In addition to the website, two vice syndicates were crippled in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID)’s 12-hour anti-vice operation on Thursday.

Officers raided multiple locations islandwide, including Havelock Road, Marine Parade, Whampoa Road, Cairnhill, Lavender Road and Balestier Road.

Five men and 16 women, aged between 22 and 57, were arrested for their suspected involvement in advertising the sexual services of female escorts online.

Twenty-six mobile phones, eight laptops, condoms and related documents were also seized.
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Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/suspected-operators-of-vice-website-laksaboy-arrested-2-9053486

17 May 2017

They had advertised their sexual services on various online platforms and vice-related websites. 

Police nab 24 foreign prostitutes in Jalan Besar hotel
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SINGAPORE – A total of 24 foreigners were hauled in by the police for their suspected involvement in prostitution after law enforcers conducted a raid on a hotel along Jalan Besar Road on Wednesday (May 17) morning.

The police said in a press release on Wednesday that the suspects, 23 women and a man, had advertised their sexual services on various online platforms and vice-related websites.

TODAY understands that 23 of the suspects – including the man – are from Thailand. The other is from Laos.

Condoms and lubricants were also seized by the police during the raid as case exhibits.

The police added that the suspects were on valid social visit passes when they were alleged to have committed their offences.

http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/police-nab-24-foreign-prostitutes-jalan-besar-hotel

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http://www.asiaone.com/singapore/24-foreigners-arrested-vice-activities-jalan-besar-hotel?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter&link_time=1495018393#xtor=CS2-4

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23 women, 1 man arrested for vice activities in Jalan Besar hotel
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http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/23-women-1-man-arrested-for-vice-activities-in-jalan-besar-hotel

5 May 2017

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4 arrested in high-class Russian prostitution ring bust
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SINGAPORE — Four women, three of whom are Russian nationals and the fourth an Uzbek, were arrested on Thursday (May 4) for their suspected involvement in a vice ring that charged a minimum of S$500 an hour for sexual services.

The women, aged between 26 and 39, were nabbed during simultaneous raids at the Raffles Boulevard, Tanjong Katong Road and Cairnhill Road areas.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the vice syndicate has been advertising the sexual services of the women on at least 10 different online platforms including Backpage, Skokka, and Yelp.

During the operation, 13 mobile phones, four laptops, a tablet computer, condoms and related documents were seized. The women also allegedly made use of their stay in Singapore on valid work passes to commit vice-related offences.

http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/4-arrested-high-class-russian-prostitution-ring-bust

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‘High-class’ Russian vice ring busted; 4 women arrested
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The vice syndicate has been advertising the sexual services of women on at least 10 different online platforms, including Backpage, Skokka, Yelp and other dedicated vice websites, according to the police’s preliminary investigations.

Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/high-class-russian-vice-ring-busted-4-women-arrested-8821026

29 April 2017

Nine women arrested in vice raids

Nine women were arrested in an enforcement blitz on traditional Chinese medicine centres and unlicensed massage parlours over the past three days.

Central, Clementi and Tanglin police divisions raided a total of 15 establishments in Little India, Bukit Batok, Clementi, MacPherson, Sennett Estate and Upper Paya Lebar.

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Three women, including the one seen above, were nabbed at a massage parlour at Upper Paya Lebar yesterday, while the other six were caught in Little India on Wednesday.

 http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/nine-women-arrested-in-vice-raids

27 April 2017

Sex services in Little India…

Six arrested in raids on spas, TCM parlours
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The New Paper

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017

Six women were arrested yesterday afternoon when police raided two traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and two spa establishments as part of an enforcement operation.

Police officers raided the four shops, in the Little India area.

They were suspected to be providing sexual services, charging up to $200.

The women, aged between 29 and 50, believed to be from China and Vietnam, were arrested under the Women’s Charter, and the parlour operators will face further action.

During yesterday’s operation, which The New Paper witnessed, officers first raided the two TCM establishments, located near each other on Rangoon Road, within an hour.

When TNP arrived at the first shop, two female employees, one of whom was later arrested, were sitting beside a massage bed.

Officers searched the place, finding a packet of condoms, while others went through the establishment’s log books.

24 April 2017

At $200 a pop, $389,000 would mean about 1945 sex-starved guys still waiting…

Victims of credit-for-sex scams lose more than $389,000 in 1Q 2017

The losses incurred from credit-for-sex scams totaled more than $389,000 in the first three months of this year, the police said on Wednesday (12 April).

The scam involves female suspects befriending male victims through chat apps such as Wechat, and then asking them to buy gift cards or online shopping credits in exchange for a meet-up or the promise of sexual service.

These victims would typically buy the cards and credits at AXS machines or convenience stores, before emailing images of the receipts together with PIN numbers to the scammers but they never get to meet the women whom they befriend online.

This month, police received reports of another variant of the scam, with victims being told to transfer cash to a local bank account as a deposit.

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/victims-credit-sex-scams-lose-389000-1q-2017-125229905.html

21 April 2017

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13 nabbed in anti-vice raid at Kaki Bukit forested area

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One women was arrested naked at Kaki Bukit forested area in a anti-vice raid

Discarded condoms, used tissue paper and tubes of lubricant littering the damp forest floor. Amidst tall vegetation, two mattresses were found with insects crawling around the area.

One of the women was naked when officers arrested the suspects.
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The area was active from around 8pm to midnight and the women were charging $20 per customer.

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13 arrested for vice activities in Kaki Bukit

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SINGAPORE: Ten men and three women were arrested in forested areas along Kaki Bukit on Wednesday (Apr 19) following a three-hour operation, police said in a media release on Thursday.

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The suspects are believed to have hidden in the forest to conduct vice activities, police said.

All 13 suspects were foreign nationals and were nabbed for wilful trespass on state land, offences under the Women’s Charter, suspected consumption of controlled drugs, or for offences under the Immigration Act, police added.

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http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/13-arrested-for-vice-activities-in-kaki-bukit/3692406.html

19 April 2017

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http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/companies-markets/genting-hotel-jurong-soft-launching-at-end-of-this-month

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Seven arrested for prostitution-related activities at Genting Hotel Jurong

April 19, 2017

SINGAPORE — Seven alleged members of a vice syndicate were arrested on Monday (April 17) at a hotel in the vicinity of Jurong Town Hall Road during a joint enforcement operation between the police and the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority,

TODAY understands the hotel is Genting Hotel Jurong.

Six of the suspects were women aged between 22 and 42. The other suspect was a 49-year-old man believed to be the women’s pimp.

A total of S$6,000 and 272 pieces of condoms were seized from the suspects. One notebook and a mobile phone were also taken as case exhibits.

All six women are being investigated for offences under the Immigration Act and Women’s Charter.

http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/seven-arrested-prostitution-related-activities-genting-hotel-jurong

31 March 2017

Three women arrested for providing sexual services at Toa Payoh HDB flat

March 31, 2017

SINGAPORE — Three women, aged between 30 and 37, were arrested on Thursday (March 30) for allegedly providing sexual services at a Housing and Development Board (HDB) flat in Toa Payoh, said the police on Friday.

The women were believed to have advertised their services online. The HDB flat was rented and investigations against the suspects are ongoing. The police added subsequent investigations will be carried out against the house owner.

The operation was part of ongoing enforcement efforts to clamp down on vice-related activities in residential estates.

http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/three-women-arrested-providing-sexual-services-toa-payoh-hdb-flat

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The following post is dated 10 July 2016. It is about how prostitutes are going online and how the Singapore authorities are adapting to this change.

10 July 2016

The changing face of vice in Geylang
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A street walker and her customer seen entering a house that offers transit hourly rates along Lorong 18 Geylang.

Photo: The Straits Times

Online vice is on the rise and the authorities have changed the laws to combat it.

Changes to the Women’s Charter kicked in on July 1 and they include a new section, 146A, which targets those who operate or maintain websites which offer sexual services or allow prostitutes to advertise.

The changes are a response to how the Internet has affected the world’s oldest industry – the sex trade.

Instead of having highly visible red-light districts, the shift online has made prostitution a more hidden and discreet business.

It means prostitutes no longer need middlemen – agencies and pimps – to source for clients or to provide a venue.

And many have decided to have a go at it alone.

Singapore is no exception. Over the past few years, websites where women post advertisements to solicit for paid sex have sprung up. These women operate out of Housing Board or private flats, and the advertisements are grouped according to where they are located – north, south, east, west or central Singapore.

Some websites also have a special section for Geylang. The Sunday Times found at least 60 women using condominium units in the area for prostitution.

Clients can browse the websites by the women’s location, age, bust size, height, types of sexual services offered, or how much they cost.

The women’s “business” addresses are not listed on the websites.

Customers can call or text to find out the rough location. The exact address is revealed only when the client reaches the area.

– See more at: http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/changing-face-vice-geylang?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_term=Autofeed&link_time=1468131023#xtor=CS2-4

15 March 2017

The woman moved out on Sunday (March 12), Gloria said.

Resident tracks woman offering sex services in condo, records 111 visitors in 3 weeks

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SINGAPORE – A case of a woman allegedly offering sex services in a condominium unit in Little India is being investigated by the police, thanks to three weeks’ work by a neighbour who wanted to stamp out vice activities there.

The neighbour, who gave her name only as Gloria, told Shin Min Daily News in a report on Tuesday (March 14) that the woman from China moved in on Feb 20.

Gloria found her activities suspicious.

“She moved in in the morning. That afternoon, there were strange men who visited her, and after that even more strange men,” Gloria told Shin Min.

She said the men took the lift separately and visited the woman’s second-floor unit in the six-storey building. She declined to reveal the name of the development.

The woman allegedly entertained 111 customers in the span of three weeks, with as many as 10 a day in her busiest week, said Gloria.

The visitors ranged in ages from 20s to 60s, and would visit between 11am and 3am.

“I once saw an uncle walking outside the condo,” said Gloria. “After I talked to him, he admitted he was waiting for a woman. I had heard friends say that you can use the WeChat service to get ‘services’, and by using WeChat’s ‘people nearby’ feature, I found (a woman nearby) offering ‘professional massage’ services.”

The woman’s WeChat photo matched the new tenant.

On her profile, she allegedly advertised her services and even included a website link, said Gloria.

“I clicked on the link and found out that she offered sex services, so I reported it to the police,” she said.

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One Response to The Oldest Profession in Singapore is thriving and going online…and keeping the Vice Squad busy!

  1. Edward Lye says:

    Unbeknownst to her, prostitution is legal in Singapore and is conducted discreetly. The bible claims that farming is the oldest occupation – Genesis 2:15.

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