36 arrested in anti-vice blitz

The island-wide sting operation involved officers from two police divisions and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
The island-wide sting operation involved officers from two police divisions and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A two-day anti-vice blitz in the HDB heartlands has led to the arrests of 34 women and two men.

The island-wide sting operation involved officers from two police divisions and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and ended on Wednesday.

The raids were conducted simultaneously in several places including Woodlands, Sembawang, Sengkang, Jurong West, Yishun, Chinatown and River Valley.

The men and women, aged between 21 and 48, were arrested for their suspected involvement in vice-related activities.

During the operation, boxes of condoms, lubricants, mobile phones, cash, contraband cigarettes and work documents - believed to be forged - were also seized, the police said in a statement.

Preliminary investigations indicated that the women had advertised their sexual services online.

Home owners involved will be investigated and the Housing Board will be alerted to the units involved, the statement added.

"Police will spare no effort in clamping down on syndicated vice activities, especially those operating in the heartlands," said superintendent Lawrence Eng, head of the Specialised Crime Branch of CID,

"Police would also like to advise house owners to be diligent in ensuring that their tenants do not carry out illicit vice activities in their units."