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     FrontPage Edition: Thu 6 July 2006

Police arrest 77 foreigners illegally working as masseuses


Police Clamp Down on Illegal Employment of Masseuses

Police checked 129 massage establishments in the HDB heartlands in a three-day, island-wide operations that started on 30 June 2006 and continued over the weekend.
A total of 77 foreigners, comprising PRCs, Malaysians and Thais, were arrested for offences under the Immigration Act or the Employment of Foreign Workers Act.
Thirty seven establishments were found to have illegally engaged these foreigners to work as masseuses and were issued summons for the offence of operating a massage establishment without a valid licence.
With the recent changes for exempted massage establishments, operators of the remaining 92 establishments were advised to remove curtains and partitions that obstructed their shops from public view. They were also reminded to register their businesses with the Police Licensing Division before 26 August 2006.
For a massage establishment to qualify for exemption, the area where massage services are carried out must be visible from outside the premises as well as to other customers within the premises. Cubicles or partitions that allow the massage services to be carried out in private are not allowed.
In addition, only Singapore citizens, permanent residents of Singapore, or Malaysians with valid work permits can be employed.
Deputy Director Operations, DAC Raymond Yeo, said: "Police will continue our enforcement checks on massage establishments. These are aimed at ensuring that the establishments are either operating with a valid license or qualify for exemption under the law. We will not hesitate to take tough enforcement action against errant operators. Bona fide establishments are urged to take measures to comply with the exemption conditions as well as to register their business before 26 Aug 2006."
03 July 2006 @ 7.30 pm

Source: Media Release 3 Jul 2006

Related Article:
- Changes To Conditions For Massage Establishments

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