3 KTV Lounges Under Investigation For Allegedly Offering Hostessing Services
Over the past few days, our nation’s efforts against Covid-19 have been focused on the cluster involving multiple KTV lounges.
On Wednesday (14 Jul), Health Minister Ong Ye Kung warned that the police will be taking action against such entertainment centres.
Hours later, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) announced that 3 KTV lounges are currently under investigation.
They also arrested 20 women for their suspected involvement in vice activities at these places.
Police investigate 3 KTV operators for providing hostessing services
Citing a police press release, Channel NewsAsia (CNA) reported that 3 KTV operators are under investigation for allegedly providing hostessing services on their premises.
One of them reportedly provided dice games — an activity the authorities currently prohibit.
All 3 venues had pivoted to operate as F&B outlets.
If they prove guilty of breaching such measures, operators may have their food licences revoked.
The police did not disclose which KTV outlets these are.
However, the news came after enforcement operations along 3 major roads in Central Singapore:
- South Bridge Road
- Selegie Road
- Geylang Road
20 women arrested for alleged vice activities
At these KTVs, 20 women aged 20-34 were also arrested for allegedly being involved in vice activities.
All of them are foreigners originating from Asian countries like Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The ladies are under investigation for possible offences under,
- Women’s Charter
- Immigration Act
- Employment of Foreign Manpower Act
54 cases currently linked to KTV cluster
Since Monday (12 Jul), MOH has listed numerous KTVs, urging visitors to these places to get tested.
Several of these centres are in areas like Rochor, Balestier, and Orchard.
The KTV cluster, now Singapore’s second-largest, currently comprises 54 cases.
Hope KTV visitors will go for tests
The emergence of the KTV cluster is certainly troubling since it comes at a time when Singapore is gradually opening up.
However, we take comfort in the fact that the authorities are taking swift actions against those who may have breached safety measures.
Meanwhile, we hope patrons of the KTVs MOH has listed will take their Covid-19 tests, to help detect and ringfence infections early.
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