Six men and four women aged between 17 and 35 were arrested during a joint operation conducted by Central Police Division and Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), against vice activities along Rowell Road, Upper Cross Street and Beach Road on 11 January 2019.

Three women aged between 34 and 35, were arrested for offences under the Women's Charter. These women had allegedly advertised sexual services online and were operating from a rented apartment along Upper Cross Street.

Four men, aged between 23 and 30, were also arrested for immigration-related offences. These men had allegedly provided sexual services in shop houses along Rowell Road.

Acting on information received and with the assistance of CNB, two men and one woman, aged between 17 and 24, were arrested for suspected drug-related offences at a private apartment along Beach Road. Various drugs were recovered from the unit, including about 21g of 'Ice', 5g of cannabis and 39 'Ecstasy' tablets. Drug paraphernalia such as improvised drug-smoking apparatuses and digital weighing scales were also recovered.

Investigations are ongoing.

Landlords and hotel owners are advised to ensure that tenants do not carry out vice activities in their premises. Unlicensed brothel operators can be given a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or up to five years' imprisonment. Any person who knowingly lives wholly or in part on the earnings of the prostitution of another person can be jailed up to five years and fined up to $10,000.

Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, any person found guilty of trafficking a Class A controlled drug shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a minimum term of 5 years and 5 strokes of the cane.

The Police and CNB will continue to clamp down on criminal activities and those found engaging in such activities will be dealt with in accordance with the law.

Source: Singapore Police Force