According to local Chinese newspaper Shin Min, foreign women are illegally selling tissue paper and offering massage services in kopitiams. The news was followed up by The New Paper (TNP) and a reader submitted photos of women, whom she claimed were from Vietnam and China, massaging old men in the kopitiam at People’s Park Food Centre in Chinatown.

The reader said that these women will pester the old men drinking beer in the coffeeshop and they would usually agree to their services after drinking a few beer with them. The drunk old men will take off their shirts and the women will start their 15-min shoulders and back massage.

Cleaners and diners TNP spoke to said the National Environment Agency (NEA) did conduct checks once in a while, but these women will return after the NEA officers stop patrolling the precinct.