Fewer illegal massage parlours detected last year

A woman apprehended during a police raid at a massage parlour in 2017. Illegal massage establishments detected fell by 36 per cent last year.
A woman apprehended during a police raid at a massage parlour in 2017. Illegal massage establishments detected fell by 36 per cent last year.PHOTO: ST FILE

In Lavender Street is a row of shophouses that, up to early last year, used to house more than 10 massage parlours, each stationed no more than two storefronts apart.

But just as suddenly as they were set up, more than half closed down and were replaced by a convenience store, a gym and a hostel.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 25, 2019, with the headline 'Fewer illegal massage parlours detected last year'. Print Edition | Subscribe