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Kena Sabo
26th January 2009, 04:58 PM
Mr. Wong-Cant-Sack said that Prostitution in Singapore is under control:

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/176698,singapore-nabbed-5400-foreign-prostitutes-in-2007.html

Who is controlling the prostitutes? Jokes aside, with the happenings in Geylang, Joo Chiat, internet, Orchard Towers, Little India, proliferation of "massage parlours", nite-clubs, hdb hawker centres dragon girls, jungle clearing action, hdb action, workers quarter action and with the Integrated resort potential, sex is set to be the leading industry in Singapore. A pity it does not add to the economy.

Read also about the "legal" dragon ladies at Sammy boy. The gays are not left out of the action either.

Singapore sex hub to be STB latest promotion?

Choon_Lye
26th January 2009, 05:02 PM
It does add to the economy but just that "Can't Sing" have not added index to measure it's contribution :D

apollo
26th January 2009, 08:07 PM
oki, i wanna read ur FR in sammyboy, mr kena sabo.

pls provide link and ur nick there.
.

orwell76
26th January 2009, 08:31 PM
The Star Online > Insight down south
Saturday January 24, 2009

Head to Geylang for a gay time

Insight: Down South
By SEAH CHIANG NEE

Building on its history of prostitution and triads, this red light district has evolved into a mini United Nations of sorts.

SEVERAL Singaporean housewives, as strait-laced and as prim-and-proper as they came, surprised me recently when they proposed to organise a bus tour of the city’s hot sex-spot.

“We’ve heard so much about Geylang and we want to see it,” said a retired teacher. Would I — being a know-it-all journalist — be the guide? she asked to the applause of all.

The tour hasn’t taken place yet but given the curiosity of these friends, I’m pretty sure one day it will.

These are half a dozen of the society’s most conservative senior citizens, some of them church-going grandmothers. So what propelled them to want to visit the capital of Singapore’s sex industry?

The place is not only renowned for its women but also for the hawker delicacies that have added up to make it a potential tourist icon.

Geylang has a known history of prostitution and triads. But it has been expanded into a more sophisticated business and becoming more international.

It is bringing in a small army of men looking for sex and food, as well as a fair mix of foreign and local tourists.

I’ve lost count of the number of foreign friends who have insisted that I take them there. At one time, it was Chinatown. Now it’s Geylang! They absolutely feel they must see it.

The evolution is by itself, and the crowds were not the result of any tourism drive. Yet this 2km stretch has become one of South-East Asia’s top red-light districts.

The area’s fame — or notoriety — is something that this conservative city had never planned for, but like it or not, it seems to be flourishing.

Every night hundreds – if not thousands – of women speaking a cackle of languages from all over Asia ply the world’s oldest profession from 8pm to the pre-dawn hours.

Prostitution is legal, but controlled, in Singapore (unlike even in fun-loving Thailand, where it is banned). Soliciting and pimping, however, are illegal.

Of the half a dozen areas designated for the sex trade, Geylang is the biggest and most colourful.

I have reported many cities in Asia, but none can boast of a red-light zone comparable to Geylang’s multi-racial and multiple culture diversity.

“In which other country can you find thousands of women from seven or eight different countries gathered together, working side by side on the streets,” asked a retired Asian journalist.

“It’s like a mini-United Nations. There’s nothing that Bangkok, or any other sex city, has that we don’t have here.”

I think I know what he meant. A visitor to Bangkok can find Thai prostitutes, or when in Shenzhen encounter Chinese sex ladies.

But it is only in Geylang, on the south-central part of Singapore, that can one see so many nationalities working in the sex trade in one spot.

Recently, a web-blogger filmed three of the streets — Lanes 8, 10, 12 — and posted them for public viewing.

They showed large groups of women standing almost shoulder to shoulder in some places, smiling at the parade of men passing by.

Many carry a yellow health card, and must report in “regularly” for medical checks.

The government doesn’t encourage it, but allows it out of a social need. There are 1.2 million foreign workers living here without their wives.

Geylang is not to everyone’s liking. The conservative citizenry condemns it and wants it closed. Residents in the area worry about security for their women and loss of value for their homes.

There is no denying that it has stirred a great deal of interest and curiosity far and near.

From this pragmatic beginning, a new industry, one of the few that the current recession has not affected, is spawning.

Some curious neighbours come here just to have a look and to try out the Geylang food.

Restaurants dot the landscape dominated by budget hotels and “love nests” — S$20 (RM48) for two hours — and hawker stalls.

Massage parlours with two-way mirrors and pink-coloured lights measure up well to those on Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Road.

The girls come from China, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka and even as far away as Croatia and the Czech Republic.

Like in other fields, Geylang’s sex trade (from Lorong 6 to Lorong 30) is dominated by women from China, who make up the largest number.

They are managed by Chinese pimps. At Lorong 15, small groups of Bangladeshi women walk the beat under the watchful eyes of their countrymen.

And as Geylang prepares for the Lunar New Year, a local newspaper columnist wrote last week: “The first appearance of street buskers in Geylang brought out an enthusiastic crowd behind me and across the street.

“The talented PRC (China) man in white sang with a karaoke set while his equally skilful companion in blue performed an exotic folk dance.

“Later, an eccentric old Ang Moh (Caucasian) handed his can of beer to someone and joined in. A police car cruised by.”

This then is today’s Geylang. One young Singaporean man blogged recently: “Everything I need is in Geylang. I need nothing else.”

With the economy entering a dire era, some exuberant observers see a possibility of prostitution one day being recognised as a service profession, like in Amsterdam, where the women have to pay tax.

And presumably the customer will have to pay GST (Goods and Service Tax).

“If this squeaky clean city can legalise casino gambling, why not prostitution?” argued a photographer. “At any rate it’s only one step from Geylang!”

sigh
26th January 2009, 10:26 PM
If this squeaky clean city can legalise casino gambling, why not prostitution? argued a photographer. At any rate its only one step from Geylang!

Prostitution is legal in Singapore. Way before gambling.

[bw]
26th January 2009, 11:02 PM
Perhaps the word the photographer is looking for is "glamourise" rather than "legalise" prostitution. Or maybe, "de-sensationalise" prostitution to the point that no one would bat an eyelid if you told them your niece worked as a prostitute.

ssdillon
27th January 2009, 12:56 AM
Under control?
It's totally out-of-control!

There are pros all over the place!

Kena Sabo
27th January 2009, 08:03 AM
It is under control. The pimps control the girls.
The syndicate control the cigarette price, and the brotherhood control the open-air broad street viewed gambling tables.
And, dare I say it........? ............no I dont dare to speculate why they are able to manage the place so well.

Kena Sabo
27th January 2009, 08:10 AM
oki, i wanna read ur FR in sammyboy, mr kena sabo.

pls provide link and ur nick there.
.

Our brudders want to rename Jalan Molek into Wan-Cant-Sack street. Need your support. You think Jalan Wan-Cant-Sack sounds better?

apollo
27th January 2009, 08:24 AM
will the mata b made to parade there? i mean asked to selamat jalan..

will CSJ protest there? i mean will the riot polis make him kiri pusing...

apollo
27th January 2009, 08:34 AM
holland V
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3452/3225358241_19205a2c6b_o.jpg

http://alvinology.wordpress.com/2009/01/26/naked-couple-spotted-at-holland-village/

RiverDance
27th January 2009, 11:36 AM
hahaha, i read abt it

ang moh twa kee, is a myth heh

apollo
27th January 2009, 12:44 PM
dun pray praY with john lennon and yoko ono okie.

,

hootie
27th January 2009, 10:02 PM
well at least
at least
at least

its not some pasty white
middle aged ang moh
uncle with a belly hanging out

aesthetics matters
hootie

apollo
27th January 2009, 10:08 PM
well if u try to boost his box office collection u mike get to see pot belly, sagging boobs n dangling schlong soon.

http://blog.omy.sg/wbnews/files/2009/01/wb27-001-1-wan.jpghttp://blog.omy.sg/wbnews/files/2009/01/wb27-020-0-wan.jpg

Silverelf
27th January 2009, 10:09 PM
All the more reason NOT TO WATCH THE MOVIE. Save our sanity.

SixShot
28th January 2009, 01:32 PM
holland V
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3452/3225358241_19205a2c6b_o.jpg

http://alvinology.wordpress.com/2009/01/26/naked-couple-spotted-at-holland-village/

It has been leeported.......
http://news.asiaone.com/News/the%2BStraits%2BTimes/Story/A1Story20090128-117551.html

Out on bail: Naked couple in Holland Village

By Khushwant Singh

A CROWD cheered as a naked couple strolled down Lorong Mambong in Holland Village last Saturday evening.

Manager Terence Chia, 30, of the Baden Restaurant and Pub, told The Straits Times yesterday that he saw the couple - a Caucasian man and his Japanese-looking companion - taking off their clothes at the staircase leading to a nearby Housing Board block of flats.

'Then, clothes in hand, they coolly walked in their flip-flops towards the market,' he said


"Out on bail"
(meaning shallow shallow......they have been PWNed by the cops and been investigated plus awaiting trial, is it?)

Which I am intrigued to know if they are tourists, how the freaking hell who or what to go after after they did their nudie stunt?

That only reinforced my belief: there're agents out there amongst the crowd who does surveilence. (I experienced it first hand myself)

Lucien
6th February 2009, 05:20 AM
This must be proof that we have indeed acheived a Swiss standard of living.

Because:


When the first nude walkers came over the border the tranquil, neutrality-loving Swiss tried to pretend it wasn’t happening. It was only when it became clear that the invaders had a plan of conquest — even if they had no clothes — that the Alpenhorns sounded the alarm.

Now the Swiss authorities are trying to fend off hordes of German ramblers dressed in nothing more than a rucksack and walking boots. The influx appears to have been started after a German mountaineering website declared the Swiss wilderness a “paradise for naked ramblers”.

Switzerland slaps ban on menace of naked German ramblers (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article5611535.ece)

apollo
6th February 2009, 07:05 AM
http://www.todayonline.com/articles/300659.asp

Go after the prostitutes’ clients: MP
IF YOU pay for sex with a prostitute working for a pimp, you should be prosecuted.
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This is the “policy shift” — being considered in the United Kingdom and Wales — that MP Christopher de Souza (Holland-Bukit Timah GRC) believes Singapore needs as the vice numbers continue to rise and the “serious limitations” of police enforcement become apparent.
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The number of foreign prostitutes arrested in 2006 and 2007 rose by 34 per cent and 25 per cent respectively.
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In 2007, an average of about 100 vice-related arrests per week were made, with 91 per cent of the 5,400 arrested here on Social Visit Passes.
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Those numbers, though, should be put in the context of the 190,000 tourists entering Singapore weekly, replied Senior Minister of State (Home Affairs) Ho Peng Kee, who added: “It’s possible to tighten up further on checks and screening on female tourists, but this will cause delays and inconvenience and hamper our efforts to promote tourism.”
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It was a pragmatic reply that Mr de Souza said should defer to principle.
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“I’m sure MHA would not use the 190,000 tourists a week to justify 100 drug traffickers,” he said. “On principle, do we want to see the rise of prostitution reduced? If we do not agree that a woman should be pimped or trafficked, then why not look at the UK suggestion seriously?”
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While no single approach has emerged as the best solution, said Assoc Prof Ho, MHA is “open to considering developments overseas, particularly when there’s a significant harm to be prevented”.
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He also clarified that Singapore’s tourist numbers were cited to show the ease with which they could enter Singapore. “We will get some who will come for these illegitimate purposes.”

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Kena Sabo
31st March 2009, 08:42 AM
Mr. Wong-Cant-Sack said that Prostitution in Singapore is under control:

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/176698,singapore-nabbed-5400-foreign-prostitutes-in-2007.html

Who is controlling the prostitutes? Jokes aside, with the happenings in Geylang, Joo Chiat, internet, Orchard Towers, Little India, proliferation of "massage parlours", nite-clubs, hdb hawker centres dragon girls, jungle clearing action, hdb action, workers quarter action and with the Integrated resort potential, sex is set to be the leading industry in Singapore. A pity it does not add to the economy.

Read also about the "legal" dragon ladies at Sammy boy. The gays are not left out of the action either.

Singapore sex hub to be STB latest promotion?


Oh... I am so off the scene....

http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_356366.html?vgnmr=1

One more satellite for the hub: Parklane

Shopping and sex at Parklane
Six out of 10 parlours at mall found to tout sexual services



But, once prospective customers were inside, the 'masseuses' would immediately tell them upfront - with hand gestures at times - that the sexual services could cost anything from $50 to $100. --PHOTO: MY
AT PARKLANE Shopping Mall, a full-body massage would cost you about $30.

Pay about three times that amount and, chances are, you will get more than a regular backrub. When my paper went down last week, six out of 10 parlours on the third to fifth floors offered special services to this reporter.

The women, who spoke in heavily-accented Mandarin, took care not to step out of their shops and would tout their services only from the shopfronts.

But, once prospective customers were inside, the 'masseuses' would immediately tell them upfront - with hand gestures at times - that the sexual services could cost anything from $50 to $100.

When a deal was struck, they would lock the shop entrance and lead their customer into a cubicle where a mattress lay. In each of those parlours, there were two to four cubicles, each separated by wooden partitions, or mere curtains, in some cases.

The presence of those joints has upset other shopowners who say that such shops would give the mall a sleazy image. One shopowner, Mr F. K. Lau, said: 'It's bad for other shops because nobody would want to come to the mall if there are such activities going on.'

However, other shopowners cautioned against making a sweeping statement deeming all the massage parlours as 'dirty'. Ms J. Kwek, who runs a bookstore, said: 'We must separate the good ones from the 'dirty' ones.'

When contacted, police said they were monitoring the situation at Parklane Shopping Mall and that 'frequent enforcement actions against such activities' were being taken.

Last Thursday, the police nabbed three women from one of the parlours for working without a valid work permit. The parlour was also found to be operating without a valid licence.

Still, the number of people caught in such raids has been falling even though enforcement has been stepped up. In 2007 and 2008, the police conducted 489 and 542 checks on such joints, arresting 823 and 693 people respectively. -- MY PAPER

Our dear DPM, He-who-cannot-be-sacked, has scored one more for Singapore Tourism. No wonder his place in the cabinet is secure.

apollo
31st March 2009, 03:09 PM
yesh...WrongCantSing deserve to b the next PM if given the chance!!!

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highdiver_2000
1st April 2009, 09:19 AM
You must admit this add some color to the otherwise very dull Singapore?

sigh
1st April 2009, 11:54 AM
This kinda of massage parlours will spring up like mushrooms after heavy rain. Usually found in old shopping centers that is past their prime.

Remember used to see them in People's Park Center, then disappear after some news report. Now Parklane in limelight, they'll just move somewhere else.

Bedokian
1st April 2009, 11:59 AM
Question is, where next?

Such news is useful for people looking for cheap retail/office space, you know....;)

apollo
24th April 2009, 08:12 PM
Thais say suffered in Singapore "jungle brothel"
Fri Apr 24, 2009 10:05am IST Email | Print | Share| Single Page[-] Text [+] By Nopporn Wong-Anan

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - They were promised well-paid jobs in fine restaurants in Singapore. But a group of five Thai women, including a mother and a daughter, say they ended up being forced to sleep with hundreds of men before police rescued them.

"I thought I would come here to work in a hotel, but they put me in hell," said Pon, a mother of two in her late 30s, recalling her three days of working in a "jungle brothel" before a police raid rescued her and two Thai friends.

"My pimps told me I had to pay them 20,000 baht ($560) for what they paid for me if I didn't want to work for them. Otherwise I would have to sleep with 160 men before they could start sharing some earnings," Pon said, telling her story while sobbing at a shelter for abused migrant women.

Two others, a mother in her late 40s and her daughter in her early 20s, escaped the brothel and have returned to Thailand.

Pon, who preferred not to give her full name, said her "room" in a forested area was made of plastic sheets wrapped around wooden poles and a foldable mattress, in which pimps charged customers S$20 ($13) for a 10-minute "shot".

Singapore's sex trade is a side of the Southeast Asian city-state less well-known than its air-conditioned shopping malls, efficient governance and laws that ban littering and the import of chewing gum.

Prostitution is legal in Singapore, but the law bans soliciting of sex and penalises those who live on the earnings of prostitutes.

The government said it has a "comprehensive legal framework and a robust operational framework" to deal with vice and human trafficking, saying cases of forced prostitution were rare and it would take all reports of alleged exploitation seriously.

"Instances of women genuinely found forced into prostitution or lured into prostitution under false pretences are few and far between," the Ministry of Home Affairs told Reuters.

"In most instances, police investigations found that the cases arose from disputes between the women and their vice abettors over payments and other arrangements."

Rescued sex workers said many prostitutes, willing or deceived, enter Singapore as tourists and are kept together. As tourist visas allow them to stay up to a month, many choose to have sex with as many men as possible to pay the fee.

"My record was 17 men per night but some of my friends reached more than 30," said Ja, a 23-year-old from northern Thailand who declined to give her full name.

Ja, now staying at another Singapore shelter, made about $2,000 in a one-month stay on a previous visit a year ago -- equivalent to a factory manager's one-month salary in Thailand.

"I think I have had enough of this job. If I can return home this time, I want to study, I want go back to school and work in another profession," Ja told Reuters.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said in February human trafficking for the sex trade or forced labour market appears to be getting worse because many countries are ignoring the globalised problem, but it gave no figures.

A U.S. State Department report has put the number of people trafficked at 800,000 a year, versus the International Labour Organisation's estimate in 2005 of 2.5 million a year.

"These trafficked women are devastated and only want to go home," said Bridget Lew, who runs the organisation H.O.M.E. for abused migrants. "They could be the tip of the iceberg."

http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-39222920090424?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=0

Kena Sabo
25th April 2009, 11:18 AM
wonder if some women group are AWARE of the need for help for these exploited people.

minky
26th April 2009, 12:35 AM
No lah where gt time??!! - they are AWARE only of seeking who is the better lady to lead them and using FACEBOOK and the internet to bring down the leader they don't like.

Nailing and jailing those scam artists/ pimps who trick women here to work in the flesh trade is a more nobler cause.

wonder if some women group are AWARE of the need for help for these exploited people.

sigh
26th April 2009, 09:04 AM
They are too busy with their concerns on LGBT and on real women sufferings.

As for Police, I'm sure if they want to do something, they can. Just whether there is a directive from the top or not.

apollo
26th April 2009, 09:10 AM
ya.. polis helping budget hotels to survive...

now economy bad, 50% occupancy only, some hotels hv to package 2 person stay only $150, plus 3 meals stay.
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Kena Sabo
26th April 2009, 09:42 AM
They are too busy with their concerns on LGBT and on real women sufferings.

As for Police, I'm sure if they want to do something, they can. Just whether there is a directive from the top or not.

Apa LGBT?

apollo
26th April 2009, 09:43 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT

duhz......

Bedokian
26th April 2009, 02:02 PM
I thought it's Bluetooth from LG. :P

Kena Sabo
26th April 2009, 07:43 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT

duhz......

Bro....just testing the water lah. Seems that there are those that cannot-be-named.

Even the great Apollo darent speak those out their names. Be afraid, be very afraid. :sweat: