Thursday, August 9, 2012

Hiding In Plain Sight

This is definitely not your normal instance of NIMB (Not In My Backyard). The resident of the house with a view wrote an open letter to the prime minister, telling him of residential units being converted into brothels. He should know, his immediate neighbour has joined in the roaring trade at Jalan Suka.

Surprisingly, a group advocating for sex workers’ rights is telling him to lay off. Apparently his complaint has resulted in more frequent vice raids. The reasons offered?

1. It forces more ladies into the trade. If the police catch 10 ladies today, the next day the pimps will bring in another 15. If they catch 15 ladies, the next day you’ll see 20 new faces. In other words, the pimps are recalibrating the supply curve by factoring in the new attrition rate. Like ICA bringing in the migrants to make up for those who voted with their feet.

2. It causes a loss of income for the people in it. Constant raids mean loss of income, pity the poor pimps. For the migrant sex workers, this may mean loss of precious time to earn money to pay back agent fees and feed their families. It also means the poor ladies will have to find more arduous work than lying on their backs. Such as honest work assembling iPads at "Foxconn City" in China.

3. It has caused people to move to other areas. Apparently some of the pimps of Thai girls in Geylang have decided to bring their workers to Changi Village — an area designated for Singaporean streetwalkers. This has to be bad, Singaporeans hate it most when competition is from foreigners. Xenophobia rears its ugly head again.

Seriously? Since when do we need to molly cuddle night crawlers who charge for cuddles? Perhaps we should have a GST waiver for the pimps, since they are doing such a humane job offering productive employment for the ladies. The government has already done their part, providing designated red-light areas (DRA) for the flesh trade. Maybe the tourism authority should advertise the pleasure zones openly in their glossy brochures. If they had been better informed, the CNB and SCDF head honchos would not have had to resort to seeking gratification at public carparks, which are illegal for encounters of the intimate kind. Go get a room.

What we learn here is that Jalan Suka is situated near the gazetted red light district of Geylang. It is not in an officially sanctioned DRA, yet. Meaning, the boundaries of the DRA are expanding stealthily, following the example of the encroaching tentacles of the GRC. Your estate could be next.

In his national day message last night, the prime minister had asked: "What future do you seek for Singapore?" For starters, how about taking the SIN out of Singapore? As in shutting down the casinos since they have long recovered their capital investment. Oh, we forgot, that requires moral fortitude, a rare commodity with present day leaders.

20 comments:

  1. Someone once said that they were on moral high ground. Wonder when the bulldozers came by ?

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    1. What problem?
      Just like how they solve the homeless by building steel bars on benches, DRA will go beyond geylang and eventually expanded into a GRC zone. That way, this group of people will be more spread out, and not too concentrated in one area to draw attention and irks from residents. Problem solved!

      Just like how Temasek got rid of one bad Cheasapeak investment to look good just to end up buying another worse invesment called StandChart and lose even more billions. Problem solved!

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  2. He has been asking this sort of questions for years, and doing nothing (or the opposite actions) for years.

    Frankly, I don't think many people believe him anymore.

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  3. Something will only be done if those street walkers move their business to Oxley Rd. Anyway why would someone want to live at those vice related areas other than wanting to participate in that trade as well.

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  4. Taking sin out of Singapore? I think sinful activities are part of life. You cannot get rid of them. What you can do is to limit the scope of activities to certain areas and closely monitored them.

    Life is never perfect,much as we want things to be squeaky clean, often things don't work out this way!

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  5. Legalise the trade just like in Amsterdam.

    A known evil that is clear is far better than one that is in the shadows. A bold move no doubt but an act that may allow impetus for other evils to be addressed.

    Masturbation solves only half the desire.

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    1. Hello!
      Prostitution is and has been legal in Singapore for a very long time.

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  6. What backyard? With 38% foreigners in this red dot, and growing, you are lucky if you have a backyard at all!

    The greatest evil and sins were what they visited on us in their greed for power, with their ISA, defamation suits and other lopsided policies. These ladies of the night are merely practising an "honest" trade. Some of the dirtiest cheaters and liars are politicians, who willingly prostitute their beliefs for power.

    The sins of the father shall be visited on the son. Remember this in 2016 - that is how to take the sin out of Singapore.

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    1. hear hear.

      what's worse is that power has never been factored into the pay of ministers, CEOs and such. it should bring their pay down drastically. i acknowledge though that it is priceless and all that that means....

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    2. Ministers have no power. The Leeders have to use high pay to buy their loyalty and the souls of those who will prostitute their ideals. The Leeders do not need high pay as they are making more than enough from conveyancing and the control of our SWFs.

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  7. I have been praying and hoping that the casinos could be closed,but I have given up hope since the boss of Sands is having troubles now,as in 2008,so he must expect his comrades to save him as they did before.

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  8. Wow, from the picture above, seems like the pimps, the prostitutes and the tax collectors are all doing a roaring business. Why rock the boat?

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    1. IRAS must be working overtime for a way to charge GST.

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    2. Actually the taxman is already collecting GST from the pimp, buyer and seller.
      think cialis, ky, okamoto, redbull, fragance hotel rooms, clinics, etc.

      Anyway, about time MOH grade the premises on hygiene, somewhat like hawker centres.
      What do you think?

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    3. Pimps And Prostitutes. Looks and sounds familiar.

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    4. Adam Goi has no chance unless the 60% turn around to kick out the Pimps And Prostitutes.

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  9. Happy Birthday Singapore.
    It is PAP's divine right to rule SINs forever.
    We the people of singapore just need to find another party to rule virtues for next lap.

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  10. Just look at so many of the spas & massage parlours mushrooming all over the central district. It's a fact of life that many of them are a front for foreign workers working as prostitutes & masseurs.

    One is just curious how their work permits can ever get approved by the authorities, again is it because such jobs are shunned by the locals ?

    One has just to witness the no. of customers patronising such premises to guess their true purpose and yet our authorities don't know they are hanging the goat's head to sell dog meat ?

    Why catch the street walkers only ?

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    1. Those who operate from approved premises have to declare profits, pay property tax, FW levy, etc.
      Street walkers are similar to snake oil sellers, fly by night, not easy to trace them if follow-up action is required.

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    2. Maybe that's why they can still garner enuf votes to win elections: they can meet the primitive "needs" of men and women - the marina bayfront and sentosa are the biggest sin zones in SINgapaore. There, one can also find less visible places for the highly paid bankers etc. Makes one wonder why the CNB and SCDF chiefs bother to risk their careers. Maybe another level of Maslow's hierachy I did not learn in school.

      And Tattler noted 1 single flag in the 2nd last photo? That's because that was probably filmed in Toa Payoh, largest PRC town (after Jurong and Yishun), where their hardworking MPs WKS and NEH have banned the hanging of the rising sun flag.

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