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.”
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.
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.
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.
21 April 2017
13 nabbed in anti-vice raid at Kaki Bukit forested area http://ebx.sh/2oWiNhQ
One women was arrested naked at Kaki Bukit forested area in a anti-vice raid http://sureboh.sg/2017/04/20/anti-vice-raid-one-women-arrested-naked-kaki-bukit-forested-area/ …
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.
The area was active from around 8pm to midnight and the women were charging $20 per customer.
13 arrested for vice activities in Kaki Bukit
- Posted 20 Apr 2017 16:24
- Updated 20 Apr 2017 22:45
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.
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.
19 April 2017
Genting Hotel Jurong.
Seven arrested for prostitution-related activities at Genting Hotel Jurong
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.
31 March 2017
Three women arrested for providing sexual services at Toa Payoh HDB flat
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.
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
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.
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
“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.