Police arrested 20 Vietnamese women during a raid at a Joo Chiat Road KTV lounge on Wednesday.
Some of the women were entertaining customers in the nude when the raid took place, The New Paper understands.
The women, aged between 19 and 34, were arrested for immigration and vice-related offences.
Although the raid took place at around 9pm, it was close to midnight when the women came out of the lounge, Lianhe Wanbao reported.
They were scantily clad and wearing high-heeled shoes. Some of them tried to cover their faces with their hands and hair.
They were taken away in a police bus.
Some of the arrested Vietnamese women waved to the crowd that had gathered to watch as the police bus drove off.
Yesterday, when The New Paper went to the area, the lounge was in operation.
Several young Vietnamese women who were dressed sexily, stood outside the lounge.
The lounge is located along a row of two-storey shophouses.
A shop owner nearby, who did not want to be identified, said the patrons of the lounge were mostly Singaporeans.
Shirt & tie
He said in Mandarin: “I often see these young executives who are smartly dressed in business shirts and ties going in.”
He said he has also occasionally seen Caucasian patrons go into the lounge.
“But the patrons are mostly men. Women don’t go in there unless they are looking to be hostesses,” he said.
The shop owner said he has been living in the area for more than 40 years and long-time residents have nicknamed Joo Chiat Road as “Vietnam Street because of the number of Vietnamese KTV lounges and restaurants nearby.
Another shop owner who did not want to be identified said she saw the Vietnamese women going up the police bus on the night of the raid.
She said although police raided the pubs and KTV lounges nearby frequently, this was the first time she saw such a large group of Vietnamese girls arrested.
In a separate incident, police arrested two Vietnamese women yesterday morning for soliciting at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) casino.
According to a news release issued by the police, the two women, aged 28 and 32, had approached a security officer of the RWS casino at 5.30am while he was on duty.
The two women offered him sexual services for $250.
The security officer alerted his supervisor who then reported the matter to the police.
The two women were arrested.
The Acting Commander of Clementi Police Division, Deputy Assistant Commissioner S. Warrier said: “Soliciting in a public place is against the law.
“Police will continue to come down hard on such offenders.”
Investigations are ongoing for both cases.