MAN CHARGED FOR OPERATING ILLEGAL MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENT

The Police will be charging a 38-year-old man for his suspected involvement in operating an illegal massage establishment along Yio Chu Kang Road.

During an enforcement operation conducted by Ang Mo Kio Police Division, the man was found to have operated the unit for the purpose of providing massage services without a valid licence. Furniture and massage equipment were seized.

The man will be charged in court on 7 October 2020 with carrying on a business of providing massage services in an establishment for massage without a valid licence. Under the Massage Establishment Act 2017, the offence of carrying on a business of providing massage services in an establishment for massage without a valid license carries a fine not exceeding S$10,000, or an imprisonment of up two years, or both. For repeat offenders, the offence carries a fine not exceeding S$20,000, or imprisonment of up five years, or both.

The Police will also take action against landlords who knowingly lease their premises to unlicensed massage establishment operators. The Police will notify the landlord when their tenant has been charged in court for operating an unlicensed massage establishment. After the conviction of the tenant, the landlord must require the tenant to hand over possession of the premises within a month

The Police take a serious view against any person who may be involved in such illicit business operations and perpetrators will be dealt with in accordance to the law.

 

 

Source: Singapore Police Force