"Arrests of foreign prostitutes increase by 25% in 2007
(By Lynda Hong, Channel NewsAsia Posted: 22 January 2008 2203 hrs )
SINGAPORE: The number of foreign prostitutes arrested in 2007 increased by 25 per cent to 5,400 from 2006. Police have stepped up their vice-related operations island-wide, from 950 in 2007, up from 890 operations in 2006. Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Wong Kang Seng, revealed this in a written reply to Nominated Member of Parliament Associate Professor Kalyani K. Mehta about the Home Affairs Ministry's plans for curbing prostitution in the Geylang area.
Associate Professor Kalyani had earlier said that efforts so far do not seem effective. Mr Wong added that Police have regularly mounted enforcement operations against vice in Geylang, where many foreign sex workers congregate"
Like it takes a brillant citizen to notice that the foreign prositutes in Singapore has gone up in recent years. It's so easy to spot them and see them brazenly shopping in orchard towers, malls, spilling cash like there's no tomorrow.
I was in Tiffany one day to fix my ear stud, and the whole place was crawling with Chinese nationals. I overheard these 3 girls snapping up all the expensive accessories and proudly declaring how they are contributing to our country's GDP and economy... They were supposedly to be on student visa, but nothing in their dressing, mannerisms nor conversations indicate that they are some innocent students. They dun even look that young...I am not implying I know what other "professions" they might be in, but one wonders....
Like what AP Kalyani had said, current operations doesnt seem to stem out the surge in vice activities... perhaps the relevant department who issue visas such as "student" or "social" visa applicants, should be more stringent and cautious about who comes into Singapore...