Singapore Part 1 (The Basics)
Before mongering anywhere I always invest an immense amount of time into the research. It’s the product of my cautious and thorough personality coupled with short stays at my destinations. Short trips require thorough research and perfect execution to make the best with time limitations. However in reality unforeseen circumstances arise around every corner so the perfect plan rarely ever happens. This time in Singapore I tried to go more with flow and to not over think it.
The Republic of Singapore
The Republic of Singapore is a very small country (20 km wide) that is extremely clean, has strict laws limiting speech and press, and a government that has transformed it into an economic powerhouse. Despite all it’s strict laws and prosperity, prostitution is oddly legal.
There is legal and illegal prostitution in Singapore. Prostitution in legalized brothels in specific zones are legal. Street walking, full service in saunas, KTV, pimping and public solicitation are illegal. Legal brothels in Singapore require the girls to have regular medical checks regardless if they are local girls or girls on a work visa…. And yes, work visas are granted to girls on the basis of prostitution. Girls on tourist visas to Singapore are illegal and in theory would not be employed by legal brothels.
For research I turned almost exclusively to Sammy Boy Forum, the Singapore based website about all things adult but get ready to practice your Singlish…. shiok!
In the forums, girls are referred to in categories. Simply put, they are the prices for the girls, Cat 50, 80/100, and 150. Cat 50 ($37 USD) girls mediocre but cheap and are usually in older facilities. Cat 80 ($60 USD) girls are younger, mid 20’s or better and better service and facility. Cat 150 ($110 USD) is GFE and model looks.
Geylang is an area in Singapore best known for food hawker stalls on every corner, old colonial buildings in lorongs (alleys), and legalized brothels. Geylang is setup with odd and even lorongs flanking Geylang Road. To the north are odd numbered lorongs where prostitution is prohibited. To the south are even numbered lorongs from Lorong 2 through 32 where prostitution is allowed. Despite the lorongs being called alleys, they are in no way actual alleys. They are streets and some are quite large with modern apartment towers, hotels, houses, shops, and temples. Not all the lorongs are filled with brothels and some lorongs don’t have any. Regular people live in the area too and often across from a brothel.
Temples Lanterns and Dresses
With lighted open signs and glowing pink lights, the houses announced themselves open for business. The houses were tidy, lit and often plain on the outside as it is illegal to publicly solicit prostitution, even a sign that said “brothel” would be illegal. In other words, the government let’s you run a whorehouse, but you just can’t be conspicuous and say that you’re a whorehouse.
There was nothing seedy with their outside appearances. You would never see scantily clad women in front of the business, nor seedy looking men trying to draw you in. For the most part, many of the businesses had a doorman or Papasan aged around 50-60. Some of the houses were so plain and brightly lit with white light I couldn’t even tell if they were brothels or some kind of workshop. It felt safe and clean. Police even patrolled the streets.
Initially I couldn’t tell which type of girls could be found in each house, but after walking a while it was easy. Chinese houses usually had auspicious banners or Chinese lanterns.
Thai houses would have some sort of Thai temple, Buddha, elephant, or might say Sawadee (hello in Thai).
A Vietnamese house would have bamboo or a silhouette of traditional Vietnamese ladies dress. Some houses didn’t have anything, so it was a surprise until you walked inside or asked the doorman/papasan, such as this Thai house.
Sometimes the doorman/Papasan would welcome you to their house. They ring a bell telling the girls to get ready and then open the door for you. Walking in you would get to see the girls in fishbowls, couches or chairs.
I entered over a dozen places and they were all clean and well lit inside and some were downright very nice. There was no seediness, just straight up business in a pleasant environment. Why can’t things be like this here in the States?