Concerted effort needed to stamp out sleaze trade

I read with delight that 40 people were arrested after three days of enforcement operations at public entertainment outlets ("Police arrest 40 people after raids at public entertainment outlets"; ST Online, last Tuesday).

I sincerely thank the police officers and applaud them for their efforts.

The last few years have seen the mushrooming of sleazy massage parlours across Singapore, from Beach Road to The Adelphi and Fortune Centre.

Foreign girls in tight-fitting clothes would wave at any male passer-by to come into their shop. One has to be totally blind to not know what kind of services such outlets provide behind the curtains.

I hope the police will take stern action against the offenders and send a clear message to all such operators.

They should stay out of areas that families and children are likely to frequent and out of the Kampong Glam area - a Muslim heritage site where the Sultan Mosque is located.

If they wish to operate, they can confine themselves to the Geylang area.

Better still, I hope theauthorities will terminate the licences of such operators and the work permits of such girls, and do not approve any more such licences.

Landlords of the buildings involved should be held responsible if their tenants are engaged in such activities.

Only through a concerted effort by all stakeholders, regular enforcement operations and stiff punishment for offenders will we be able to stamp out such practices.

Patrick Tan Siong Kuan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 24, 2016, with the headline 'Concerted effort needed to stamp out sleaze trade'. Print Edition | Subscribe