12 Arrested In A Police Operation Against Online Vice

The Police have crippled an online vice syndicate in an operation conducted on 19 September 2018. Ten women and two men, aged between 22 and 38, were arrested for their suspected involvement in vice-related activities.

During the operation, officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Central Police Division, and Tanglin Police Division conducted coordinated raids at multiple locations island wide, including Geylang Bahru, Balestier, Sembawang and Novena. Items including cash, laptops, and mobile phones were seized as case exhibits.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the syndicate had operated a website which featured female escorts who had advertised sexual services online.

Investigations against the suspects are ongoing.

The Police will continue to take tough enforcement action and clamp down on such illicit activities. Under the Women’s Charter, any person who knowingly solicits, receives or agrees to receive any gratification as an inducement or reward for providing any service, and who by providing that service does or will aid the prostitution of another person (being a woman or girl), shall be guilty of an offence and shall on conviction be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years and shall also be liable to a fine not exceeding $10,000. Any male person who is convicted of a second or subsequent offence shall, in addition to any term of imprisonment imposed in respect of such offence, be liable to caning.

Source: Singapore Police Force