20 foreign women arrested for suspected involvement in vice activities at 3 KTV lounges

One of the outlets had also allegedly provided dice games, a prohibited entertainment activity.
One of the outlets had also allegedly provided dice games, a prohibited entertainment activity.PHOTO: UNSPLASH

SINGAPORE - Twenty women of South Korean, Malaysian, Thai and Vietnamese nationalities have been arrested for suspected involvement in vice-related activities at three KTV lounges operating as food and beverage outlets.

This followed an enforcement blitz conducted in South Bridge Road, Selegie Road and Geylang Road on Tuesday (July 13). The women are between the ages of 20 and 34, police said in a statement on Wednesday.

They will be investigated for offences under the Women's Charter, the Immigration Act, and the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act.

"Additionally, investigations against the three pivoted KTV operators are ongoing for breach of safe management measures under the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020, as the operators had allegedly provided hostessing services within their premises," the police said.

One of the outlets had allegedly provided dice games, which are prohibited under the regulations.

The Singapore Food Agency will look into revoking the food licences of operators found to have committed egregious breaches of safe management measures, the statement added.

Establishments which lose their food licence must cease operations with immediate effect until their reapplication for a new food licence is approved.

For non-compliance with safe distancing measures, offenders can be jailed for up to six months, fined up to $10,000, or both.

The police also advised the public to take prevailing safe distancing measures seriously and said they would further step up checks on such outlets, as well as enforcement against vice and other illegal activities.