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.
11 January 2018
Couple who made $600k from vice-related site jailed
The court heard that some time in 2011, Liu’s uncle Sonny Liu engaged a Web designer to set up a website to provide advertising services to vice syndicates to promote the sexual services of their prostitutes. Liu was asked to be a partner. Subsequently, when his uncle went missing, he became the only manager and operator of the website, EZ141sg.com.
He actively advertised the website on various popular vice forums. Over time, more and more operators began advertising their prostitutes on the website. They were charged $300 a month, which they were directed to pay into a DBS Bank account.
An account and profile would be created for vice operators to upload banners, photographs and information such as the rates and profiles of the sex workers.
When police arrested the couple in May 2016, 17 vice operators were using the site.
7 January 2018
26 women investigated by police, after operation against unlicensed massage parlours
20 November 2017
Sex in the Lion City: Singapore’s sex industry is roaring
SINGAPORE: Most nights, Lisa Jaafar heads to the Singapore red-light district of Geylang, and stands in the streets waiting for men to buy her services – S$50 (US$37) for 30 minutes of her time. Five years ago, when business was brisk, she could earn more than S$200 in about five hours, then head home to her two children.
Working a five-day week, she would make about S$4,000 a month, tax free. But now, she says, there are fewer clients on the streets. It’s probably not a reflection of the city state’s economic performance, however. The signs are that the sex industry in clean, green Singapore – where prostitution is legal – is as vibrant as ever. That’s despite the fact most activities associated with the world’s oldest profession are outlawed.
“Owning a brothel, pimping, online advertising of sex work, recruiting a woman, all are illegal,” says Vanessa Ho, director of sex worker advocacy group Project X. Soliciting prostitution in public places is also illegal in the Lion City.
That doesn’t stop such activities from taking place. Freelancers like Jaafar solicit on the streets, advertise their services online, and work under the cover of escort agencies. Then there’s Orchard Towers, in the middle of Singapore’s busy shopping district, housing bars and clubs frequented largely by Western visitors and sex workers. The entertainment complex is cheekily known as the “Four Floors of Whores”.
On the sex-themed website Sammy Boy Forum, Sgbabes Escorts advertises the services of Singaporean women. Alicia, a Singaporean Chinese purported to be 20, for example, is a “sweet and lovely student”. She weighs 45kg, is 1.62 metres tall, has a fair complexion, and costs S$650 a night – room not included. Alicia will do a house call for an additional S$50, but if a client finds her lacking on sight, he can reject her within five minutes, and pay a fee of S$50.
Assuming she works five days a week – and is booked up each night – Alicia is raking in about S$13,000 a month.
Ho says the sums prostitutes charge for sex services in Singapore vary widely, depending on where the woman plies her trade. “It can be as low as S$10 for a three-minute h*** job, up to S$1,000 for a massage with sex,” she says.
In another indication of how the government is trying to keep a lid on illegal activity, the Ministry of Home Affairs said last month it had recorded a 40 per cent rise in the number of unlicensed massage parlours in Singapore between 2013 and 2016. These establishments, the ministry said, are often a front for vice activities.
Its findings prompted the introduction of a new Massage Establishment Bill to clamp down harder on operators, increasing fines tenfold to S$10,000, and introducing prison sentences of up to two years. The bill just has had its first reading. (CONTINUED)
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6 November 2017
Singapore plans to clamp down harder on unlicensed massage businesses
A tenfold increase in fines and the addition of jail terms “will be a stronger deterrent”, says the Ministry of Home Affairs.
SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has promised “tougher action” against unlicensed massage establishments (MEs) as it moved to enact new legislation in Parliament on Monday (Nov 6).
As she detailed proposed changes first laid out last month, Second Minister Josephine Teo noted that many unlicensed MEs were in fact fronts for vice activities and “the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing”.
“There is a clear difference between licensed and unlicensed MEs. In 2016, Police enforcement found less than three per cent of licensed MEs to have vice-related infringements. This is significantly lower than the 40 per cent of unlicensed MEs with vice-related offences,” she said.
Mrs Teo described the current maximum S$1,000 penalty for unlicensed ME operations as “grossly insufficient compared to the profits that unlicensed MEs can make, especially by engaging in vice activities”.
The Massage Establishments Bill will therefore increase the penalty for operating unlicensed MEs to a maximum fine of S$10,000 or two years’ imprisonment or both.
Repeat offenders face a maximum fine of S$20,000 or five years’ imprisonment or both.
Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-plans-to-clamp-down-harder-on-unlicensed-massage-9379702
5 October 2017
Teacher found guilty of printing, using counterfeit S$100 notes to pay for sex
SINGAPORE — He printed two S$100 notes on his home printer, and used them to pay for the services of a prostitute.
But Daniel Wong Wun Meng, a physical education and math teacher with Bukit Batok Secondary School, said during his nine-day trial that he had printed the notes as “a teaching tool” for his class, and used them by mistake.
At the end of the trial on Thursday (Oct 5), Wong, 44, was convicted on two charges of counterfeiting and using the home-printed S$100 counterfeit notes. For each charge, he could have been jailed for up to 20 years.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Asoka Markandu called the former teacher’s defence “an incredible tale”.
According to investigations, Wong created the counterfeit notes in late July 2015.
In the early hours of Aug 3, hours after celebrating his wife’s birthday, Wong went to Orchard Tower where he engaged the services of a prostitute. They went to a hotel on Balestier Road, after which Wong paid her with the home-printed notes.
The prostitute then tried to use one of the notes at a supermarket, prompting the cashier to call the police.
Wong was arrested on Aug 20, and has been suspended from duty since December that year.
4 October 2017
Jail and fine for vice operator who set up prostitution business online
The case against Cai is in the pre-trial conference stage.
A district court heard that some time in 2009, Cai set up a social escort agency called Singapore Premium Escort Services, which advertised the services of prostitutes online.
Three years later, he met Thien, his secondary school friend. They discussed starting a new business together and decided to focus on the social escort business as Cai had prior experience from running escort services. They agreed to split the profits on a 50-50 basis.
Apart from premiumescort.com.sg, they created two other websites to advertise the services of the prostitutes online.
They also advertised on the websites Sammyboyforum and EZ141 to expand their client base.
The prostitutes were also recruited through online advertisements. Prospective prostitutes were informed that their work required them to offer sexual services. They were told to charge hourly fees of $300 to $600.
The duo agreed to take a commission of either 25 or 30 per cent from these hourly fees for each client they secured for the escort.
Singapore flat brothels make residents see red
- ASEAN/East Asia
Monday, 2 Oct 2017
The flat (centre, with dim red light) in Jurong West Street 61 where a brothel operates. Residents said that for the last one year, the rented unit has housed a number of foreign women.
SINGAPORE: From the outside, the four-room Housing Board flat in Jurong West Street 61 looked innocuous enough, except for the constant stream of men who flock there.
Residents said that for the last one year, the rented unit has housed a number of foreign women, and some were shocked to learn that it operates as a brothel.
Despite a number of raids in the area, such brothels keep returning, attracted by low rents and the belief that they are less likely to be detected there.
MPs in Pioneer and West Coast are calling for more enforcement action after receiving feedback from residents, who complained that brothels have emerged in HDB flats in the area.
Pioneer MP Cedric Foo said he has received such feedback about suspected vice activity in his ward.
“Such undesirable activities should not be tolerated and I hope the police and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority can do more to stop them,” he added.
The unit in Jurong West Street 61 falls under his ward.
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/regional/2017/10/02/singapore-flat-brothels-make-residents-see-red/#9IuPzgiZXm4v55P6.99
Kam Leng Hotel busted for vice activities again; 36 women arrested
SINGAPORE – Thirty-four Thai women and two Vietnamese women were arrested for vice activities after the police conducted a raid at a hotel along Jalan Besar.
According to a statement released on Friday (Sept 29) by the Singapore Police Force (SPF), officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the police’s Central Division on Tuesday arrested the women, who are aged 21 to 28.
TODAY understands that the raided hotel is Kam Leng Hotel at 383 Jalan Besar. This is not the first time the venue was raided for vice-related activities.
The Police said the women had entered Singapore on valid social visit passes, and had allegedly made use of their stay in Singapore to commit vice-related offences.
The SPF said preliminary investigations revealed that the vice syndicate had advertised the sexual services of these women on different vice websites and online social media platforms, including WeChat.
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.
29 August 2017
14 women arrested in cross-island vice raid
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
Police arrest 6 women in massage parlour raids
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
27 April 2017
Sex services in Little India…
Six arrested in raids on spas, TCM parlours
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.
21 April 2017
13 nabbed in anti-vice raid at Kaki Bukit forested area http://ebx.sh/2oWiNhQ
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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.