Police on the prowl for unlicensed moneylending and vice websites, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – The police are actively trawling the Internet for websites offering vice or unlicensed moneylending services here in a bid to arrest the growing problem of loan sharks and online vice.

Tender documents seen by The Straits Times show that the Singapore Police Force (SPF) had made a request for a service that would “conduct proactive trawling of the Internet for vice-related and unlicensed moneylending related websites” and rank them according to their traffic volume.

The service should also be able to monitor the monthly access to such sites via mobile or non-mobile channels and track the number of vice workers advertised on each website.

The tender was awarded to StarHub on July 29, with the service to be delivered last month.

In response to queries from ST, the police said the trial initiative is to “see how technology can be better leveraged to improve SPF’s capabilities in detecting

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