Warnings and Dangers in Singapore: Prostitution
You may encounter unlicensed prostitutes in hotels or massage parlors throughout Singapore. These prostitutes may expose you to sexually transmitted diseases. Unlicensed prostitutes may also steal from you or physically harm you. Protect yourself by avoiding situations where you may encounter unlicensed prostitutes in Singapore.
Avoid Fake Massage Parlors
Many massage parlors in Singapore are really just unlicensed brothels. To avoid an uncomfortable situation when you are just looking for a massage, learn how to tell the difference between a fake massage parlor and a legitimate massage parlor. The staff of a real massage parlor is likely to be dressed in either a uniform or a nice shirt and full-length pants. When you see women wearing high-heels or mini-skirts inside the massage parlor, there’s a good chance it is in fact an unregulated brothel with unlicensed prostitutes. Stay away.
Street Solicitation Is Illegal
Depending on which area of Singapore you visit, you may be overwhelmed with offers for sex or massages. This form of solicitation is illegal. It’s safest to just not speak with anyone who approaches you on the street to offer these types of services. It may seem rude, but the best way to handle unsolicited offers of prostitution in Singapore is to keep walking without acknowledging the person. If you respond, you may wind up with someone relentlessly following you for blocks.
Beware of Drugs and Alcohol
Finally, some visitors report being drugged when visiting bars and clubs in Singapore. It’s safer to order a sealed bottle of beer than selecting a beer on tap or a mixed drink. Always keep an eye on your drink, and don’t leave your glass unattended for even a moment. Never accept a drink from anyone other than an official employee. It is best to limit the number of drinks you have, and avoid becoming drunk.
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Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about the dangers of fake massage parlors and prostitution in Singapore.