Filth in a Pristine World: Sex Trade in Singapore Goes Unabated
There is irony in
Government is often quoted as having taken this same pragmatic approach as they reason that law enforcement around the world through the ages have tried to eradicate prostitution and brothels, but without success. And so with that, prostitution is “unashamedly legal” in several red-light districts where Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai, Indian and Chinese women ply their trade in brothels, karaoke lounges and massage parlours. Sex workers must carry a health card and submit to medical checks.
If you are a foreign woman working voluntarily in the sex trade, then you cannot be arrested unless caught offering services out in the street or violating immigration and other laws. And since the legal age of sexual consent here is 16 years, any girls in the industry between 16 to 18 years are not classified as child prostitutes in
Yet this presents a worsening social ill as prostitution spills out of legal and tightly regulated brothels. By far the biggest source of new sex workers is
Not only are there high-class Singaporean and foreign escorts, there is also the lower end of the flesh trade. “Sex in the city” does cater to different budgets. Brightly-lit is the Geylang district on the east coast with clearly identifiable brothels with licensed Asian prostitutes catering to local men and foreign workers. Blonde prostitutes from
For the moneyed expatriates and travelers, a building along ritzy
Not to be disappointed are those seeking more discreet liaisons, "escorts" are available at hourly rates. More than 100 escort agencies are listed in the
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