A total of nine Vietnamese women, aged between 21 and 31, were arrested by the police for suspected involvement in vice-related activities.
Six of them, aged between 22 and 31, will be deported. Their short-term visit passes have been cancelled.
Vice activities in condominium units near Middle Road
Police officers conducted raids at multiple units within two condominiums in the vicinity of Middle Road on July 21.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the women had allegedly provided sexual services via an online vice website and have committed an offence under the Women’s Charter.
Under the Women's Charter, it is an offence for any person who knowingly solicits, receives or agrees to receive any gratification as an inducement or reward for providing any service. It's also an offence should providing that service aids the prostitution of another woman or girl.
Offenders may face a jail term of up to seven years and a fine not exceeding S$100,000.
Investigations on the remaining three women are ongoing.
Property owners and tenants to make sure no illicit activities are taking place
The police also urged property owners to ensure no illicit activities are taking place in their properties.
They added that owners can personally inspect prospective tenant's documents of identity and have a face-to-face interview with them before allowing tenants to occupy their units.
Tenants who sublet their private property should adopt similar checks beforehand as well.
Property owners or the agent of an owner of a place who knowingly rent their premises to any person for vice-related activities will be prosecuted too.
They may face a jail term of up to five years and a fine of up to S$100,000.
Repeat offenders can be fined up to S$150,000, jailed up to seven years or both.
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