Ladies and Gentlemen,
A 20 year old Vietnamese woman, a Thai woman or a Chinese woman from the People's Republic of China will obtain a visa at the Singapore Embassies in Saigon (now Ho Chih Minh), Bangkok or Shanghai very easily, no questions asked. One look at her would tell even the dumbest of Singapore Visa Officers, why the woman is going to Singapore. She is certainly not coming to Singapore to look at the statue of Stamford Raffles at the waterfront. What else other than for prostitution in Geylang, Singapore's state sanctioned red light district. Yet the woman comes to Singapore in a breeze, no questions asked.
Geylang as you know is an area of about 5 miles square with numerous streets called Lorongs which are numbered in sequence, side streets and numerous back alleys. The prostitutes there are grouped according to nationalities. For example if you are looking for a Thai prostitute, you go to Lorongs 1 to 3. If your preference is Chinese, then Lorongs 4 to 6 and so on. The full list of countries is represented in this prostitution paradise of Singapore from Thailand to Nepal and even Russia, Belarus, Kazakistan and Uzbecks. I understand the ones who are more European looking command a higher premium.
And around these prostitutes, and entire segment of Singaporeans make a living. The 24 hour coffee shops do a roaring business, the Karaoke Lounges make money and so do the restaurants and the entire support businesses to cater for the mainstay prostitution business.
Last year, when I had to spend 2 months in Lee Kuan Yew's jail for criticizing a Singapore judge Belinda Ang Saw Ean for her bias, my cell mates were 2 Vietnamese young men, one for having sold illegal cigarettes and another for being a street gambling croupier in this very place Geylang. This man told me that he had done a roaring business up till he was arrested. There was, he said a large street customer traffic who had gambled at his joint either before or after they had sex with the prostitutes, just as they may have had a cup of coffee or a meal.
I asked him why the prostitutes were not arrested while he was. According to him, the prostitutes from these diverse countries can stay in Singapore for literally as long as they want in this sex business. They will be given an initial 3 months stay as a visitor (which by the way, they are not), which they renew for another 3 months, and literally indefinitely, by taking a trip across the border to Johore Bahru and returning. My prison friend tells me they are never arrested. Even though living off these immoral earnings is illegal, there by making it illegal as well, under the statues, Singapore not only permits the women to ply their trade, they vigorously encourage it. I suppose in it a sizable segment of Singapore make a living in such as the hotels in the vicinity that charge by the hour, the restaurants, the condom dispensers, the pimps and the taxi drivers, all of whom rely on prostitution directly or indirectly.
It may bring money to the pockets of these Singaporeans but what is it doing to their moral fibre? A people literally living off prostitution. Is this not having a deleterious effect on the morality of Singapore's young? Did the forefathers of Singapore in 1959 intend Singapore to be another morally bankrupt society of sleaze or did they intend Singaporeans to be upstanding men of honor, learning and dignity?
For a country, Singapore, that has no qualms to be the third biggest trading partner of Burma and North Korea, should it be surprising that it is eager to earn revenue from prostitution? As you can see, they will do anything for money. The casinos are already being built, after which they can have another Singapore mainstay business activity in addition to prostitution; gambling.
For want of a better way to make a living, Singapore will get the reputation of immorality, if it does not already have. An island to which one goes to have sex and after that gamble, not necessarily in that order!
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