A total of 16 people were arrested on allegations of prostitution in Macau on Friday when police launched a crackdown on vice. More than 30 crime investigators were involved in raids which lasted from midnight until 5 am at entertainment venues around Cotai Strip, the Hou Kong Daily reported.

During the raids, police detained four Southeast Asian men dressed as women and wearing heavy make-up. Officers described them as cross-dressing men. Three were from Thailand and one from the Philippines and they admitted they came to Macau to engage in prostitution.

Others caught in the raids and charged with prostitution were women from mainland China. All 16 suspects were taken to a police station for identity checks before being sent to the Public Security Police Force.