Police arrest 124 in four-day anti-crime blitz

Police officers arrested 124 people in anti-vice raids last week.
Police officers arrested 124 people in anti-vice raids last week.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE -Police cracked down on vice activities last week, arresting 124 suspects in four days.

Raids involving 261 police officers were conducted on massage parlours, public entertainment outlets and a common gaming house from Thursday (March 17) to Sunday (March 20).

The establishments raided were at Tanjong Pagar, Beach Road, Little India, Kampong Bahru, Chinatown, Jalan Besar and Serangoon.

Licensing breaches, such as overcrowding and unlicensed massage services, were detected at 20 public entertainment outlets and 19 massage parlours, police said.

Police also seized 15 computers, a CCTV system and $1,075 in cash from a gambling den along Serangoon Road.

The 124 suspects were arrested for their suspected involvement in illegal employment, gambling offences and vice activities.

Investigations are ongoing, police said.

Commander of Central Division, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police (DAC) Arthur Law commended the officers for their "excellent teamwork".

Mr Law added: "The police will continue to clamp down on sleaze and criminal activities. Those found engaging in illicit activities will be dealt with sternly in accordance with the law."