SCMP Thursday, May 17, 2001

Over 400 netted in anti-vice operation

Updated at 6.58pm:
A total of 413 people have been arrested in a massive five-day long crackdown on vice activities, the Government said on Wednesday.
The operation, which brought together the Immigration Department, local and mainland police forces, arrested 402 women, including four locals and 358 mainlanders, aged between 16 and 60, in the largest number of arrests ever in a single operation.
Eleven men, 33 Thai and seven Vietnamese women were also arrested in the wave of raids and checks that ended yesterday.
Two and fifty-one of the mainlanders arrested in the operation codenamed ''Bluebird II'', have already been repatriated.
They were arrested for various offences including possession of forged documents, breach of conditions of stay, overstaying, soliciting for immoral purposes, living on the earnings of prostitutes, managing vice establishments and aiding and abetting illegal immigration.