Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Blast From the Past: Straits Times, August 30, 1959

Came across this during my research. It'd make a great movie, doncha think?

“A new all-woman gang has made its appearance in the Singapore underworld. Known as the Red Butterfly Gang, it offers protection to prostitutes and bar girls.

Most of the “Red Butterflies” are themselves former prostitutes. They impose their “protection” services for a monthly fee. Those who refuse their services are usually beaten up. Their identification mark is a red butterfly tattooed on the upper part of the thigh.

They operate in the Sungei Road area and, like their male counterparts, they use acid bombs, sticks and knives. The “Red Butterflies” also offer their sercies to housewives whose husbands have gone astray. For a fee they will beat up the woman who enticed the man.”


Billy Tan said...

Someone already made a docudrama of it fairly long ago. Quite well-done too, I might add.
Here's a link.

Ng Yi-Sheng said...

Damn! Thanks Billy.

huilin said...


im planning to do a HT on this, mind sharing where did you get your info from?

Ng Yi-Sheng said...

Sorry, what's an HT? I got it from looking through the Straits Times.