No more happy endings: New restrictions end late-night massages!

No more happy endings: New restrictions end late-night massages!

TheRedDotNews·2018-03-01 12:10

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Late-night massages... or "massages" will no longer be a thing from today onwards.

The law is cracking down on vice activities and unlicensed operations after the police caught almost 300 unlicensed massage operations and 47% of them were engaging in illegal vice-related activity.

There are about 1,200 licensed establishments in Singapore, with a quarter of them located in the heartlands. About 3% of these establishments were also found to have been engaging in illegal vice-related activity.

The changes

From today (1 Mar), massage parlours will have their operation hours restricted.

For massage parlours with CaseTrust accreditation, their operation hours are restricted from 7am to 10:30pm. For those without, their operation hours are from 10am to 10:30pm.

Previously, massage parlours in the heartlands are allowed to operate from 6am to 11pm.

There are exemptions from this new restriction. CaseTrust-accredited parlours in areas like Orchard Road or Changi Airport, can continue to operate round the clock.

The penalties

Those found to have violated the law now face a fine of maximum $10,000, and a maximum of two years in jail.

For repeat offenders, their penalties will be doubled or more. They would face a fine of maximum $20,000 and a jail term of maximum 5 years.

Other penalties and regulations

Massage parlours will also face restrictions in terms of the kind of advertisements that they can put up. They will not be able to put up "indecent" advertisements.

For those who have been charged with violating the law and yet persist in continuing their businesses, the police will be able to use "reasonable force" to force the operators to vacate the premises and secure them physically.

The operators will then also have to face a fine of maximum $15,000, and/or a jail term of maximum three year.

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