75 people arrested after police raids at massage parlours, public entertainment outlets

The police have been cracking down on massage establishments since the start of the year.
The police have been cracking down on massage establishments since the start of the year. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A total of 75 people were arrested in a four-day enforcement blitz conducted by the police on unlicensed massage parlours and public entertainment outlets.

Eight parlours and eight entertainment outlets located at Orchard Road, Upper Thomson Road, Upper Paya Lebar Road, and Balestier Road were raided between last Thursday (June 23) and Sunday (June 26), police said in a news release.

The raids were led by officers from Tanglin Division.

The suspects - 66 women and nine men aged between 19 and 51 - were arrested for criminal and employment-related offences.

Actions were also taken against six unlicensed massage establishments and three public entertainment outlets for "flouting licensing conditions".

"These operations are part of police's ongoing enforcement efforts against crime and licensing infringements at unlicensed massage establishments and public entertainment outlets," the news release added.

Earlier this month, the operators of seven massage parlours were charged in court for running their establishments without a valid licence.

Illegal services were understood to have been offered at some of the parlours.

The police said then that it had been cracking down on massage establishments in areas such as Chinatown, Little India, Jalan Besar and Jalan Sultan since the start of the year.