Police arrest 40 people after raids at public entertainment outlets

Forty people were arrested after three days of enforcement operations over the weekend, the police said in a statement on Tuesday (May 17).
Forty people were arrested after three days of enforcement operations over the weekend, the police said in a statement on Tuesday (May 17).PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Forty people were arrested after three days of enforcement operations over the weekend, the police said n a statement on Tuesday (May 17).

A total of 300 people were checked between Friday (May 13) and Sunday (May 15) in operations led by officers from the Central Division. They were at 36 outlets in places such as Jalan Besar, Kitchener Road, Jalan Sultan, Beach Road and New Bridge Road.

Those nabbed were aged between 19 and 52 and allegedly committed criminal and employment related offences. Action was also taken against 14 public entertainment outlets for infringing licensing conditions.

Investigations are ongoing.

Between January and May this year, the police have also been cracking down on errant operators of massage parlours in areas such as Chinatown, Bugis, and Lavender Street.

Seven directors of public entertainment outlets and their licensees, as well as 11 massage parlour operators are expected to be charged in court on Wednesday with offences relating to the Public Entertainment and Meeting Act and the Massage Establishments Act.