By SYLVESTER WEMURU
DEPUTY Comm (Operations) (DCP) Donald Yamasombi says illegal activities such as vice are linked to drug trafficking, firearm smuggling and trade, and money laundering.
“This is especially worrying when such activities involve foreigners operating here as businesses,” he added.
DCP Yamasombi said police had thus stepped up their law and order enforcement by going all out to clamp down on vice activities that were centred in night entertainment outlets and clubs.
“It is okay if such outlets and clubs are genuinely providing clean entertainment services.
“But it is not okay if they are operating as fronts for brothels and illegal drug trafficking and supplies.
“There will be regular police raids with immediate effect to stop such activities before the operators and their activities get out of hand.
“We will need also need support from other government agencies like customs, immigration and other business houses with foreign connections facilitating the entry and exit of foreigners,” he warned.
DCP Yamasombi said police intelligence had found that many nightclubs were operating illegally in the country and warned the operators and owners to stop immediately.
“We will raid and if those responsible are caught, we will enforce the law without any mercy,” he said, adding that foreigners operating illegal night clubs had women employed as sex workers to serve men.
DCP Yamasombi said police had obtained a warrant from the Waigani District Court last month to search the PNG Fujian Entrepreneurs Association INC (Section 108, Lot 9) where the Blue Diamond Music Club, restaurants, association’s office and residential cubes were located in Port Moresby’s Erima.
“We found that illegal activities were being conducted in the club that had young Chinese women entertaining male guests.
“Investigations revealed that club guests pay up to K2,500 per woman to drink with them, sleep with them or just sit down and chat with them in a room.
“In our raid and search, we also found eight Chinese women, from various provinces of mainland China, with valid passports for 30 days to visit Papua New Guinea as tourists.
“This is unusual because they are seen keeping company with club guests.
“They also stay in a dormitory in the premises.
“Do young women tourists stay in such a place?
“The modus operandi is that the women would leave upon the expiry of their visa and a new batch of women would come to replace them,” DCP Yamasombi said, adding that some of the things found in the dormitory were suspicious.
“The things have been sent to the forensics for laboratory tests to find out what the items are used for,” he said.
DCP Yamasombi said police had confiscated the passports of the Chinese women rounded up in the raid on the club on Saturday.
“We are screening their passports with Immigration to check their visa status. We need the help of other agencies to determine the origin of the women and how they were hired to work in the club.
“It is an organised business and the owner buys tickets for the women to come into the country while businessmen will use them to lure clients to their nightclubs for monetary gains.
“Most foreign business houses create employment for Papua New Guineans but joints do not have a place in this country,” DCP Yamasombi stressed.
Attempts by The National to get comments from PNG Fujian Entrepreneurs Association INC president Yanshun Yan were unsuccessful.