SINGAPORE: Two public entertainment outlets along Middle Road were found to have allegedly provided catering services during an enforcement operation on Saturday (Sept 3), which led to the arrest of 31 people.
Twenty-nine women were suspected of providing shelter services and were arrested for working without a valid work permit, police said in a press release on Tuesday. They were between 20 and 33 years old.
Two men, aged 31 and 35, were arrested for crimes related to the hiring of foreign workers.
“The two outlets, which allegedly offered hospitality services on their premises, were found to be in violation of the Public Entertainment Act, 1958,” police said. The two outlets were not named in the press release.
Any person who provides or assists in providing any public entertainment in contravention of the Act may be fined up to S$10,000.
Those who employ a foreign employee without a valid work permit face a fine of between A$5,000 and A$30,000, a prison sentence of up to 12 months, or both.
The offense of working without a valid work permit carries a prison sentence of up to two years, a fine of up to S$20,000, or both.
“The police will continue to carry out regular checks on public entertainment and night entertainment establishments to suppress illegal activities,” the police said in the press release.