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CCTVs to be used in parts of Geylang to combat vice


Response given by the Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Wong Kan Seng at the Committee of Supply Debate on the Ministry of Home Affairs, Thursday, 3 March 2005

Vice Situation
"...Police has been closely monitoring the vice situation and has stepped up enforcement action. In 2004, a total of about 5,200 female foreigners were arrested for involvement in vice activities compared to 2,300 in year 2003 and 3,400 in year 2002. The lower figure in 2003 was due to SARS in the region. Any foreigner found to be involved in vice activities will be repatriated and banned from re-entering Singapore.
"To some extent, the increase in vice arrests is not unexpected. In recent years, Singapore has been attracting more visitors. In particular, the number of female visitors from the top nationalities arrested for vice has increased by 37 per cent between 2002 and 2004. The increase in vice arrests is due in part to the liberalised visa policies introduced to support our tourism efforts.
"We do recognise that we need to deal with the problem at source. As such, ICA continues to fine-tune its policies and procedures to deter the entry of visitors who come for vice activities without affecting the entry of bona-fide visitors.
"Apart from having the appropriate visa requirements and sustained enforcement efforts and action, we will extend the use of CCTVs to parts of Geylang next month. This would help to enhance the sense of public safety and security for residents and businesses, and to deter public soliciting in that area.
"In addition, the Police is also engaging the community in projects under the Community Safety and Security Programme (CSSP). One such project - the Joo Chiat Road Community Watch Group - was recently launched by Mr Chan Soo Sen.
"The Joo Chiat Road Community Watch Group is an initiative of the Joo Chiat Citizensí Consultative Committee with support of the Singapore Police Force, the National Environment Agency, the Land Transport Authority and the Urban Redevelopment Authority.
"The Watch Group aims to provide a focused and coordinated approach to address community related issues which include congregation of foreign women in public areas, noise pollution from pubs and illegal parking.
"Feedback from the residents has been very encouraging and anecdotal evidence suggests that the situation along Joo Chiat Road has now much improved..."

Source: Ministry of Home Affairs Press Release 3 Mar 2005


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