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|Location||Orchard Road, Singapore|
|Address||400 Orchard Road, Singapore 238875|
|Named for||Orchard Road|
|Height||79 m (259 ft)|
Orchard Towers is an 18-story office building in Singapore located on the corner of Claymore Road and Orchard Road. Construction was completed in 1975. The first five floors are a combination of bars and retail outlets with the remainder leased as offices. During the day the building functions as a retail and office style building, but the building is best known as a landmark entertainment complex famously described as the "Four Floors of Whores" or simply the "Four Floors". In addition, one of the towers houses 58 freehold condominium residential units.
Located on level 4 was a cinema in the 1980s. The cinema is now occupied by the bar TOP 5.
There are various bars and clubs catering for many tastes. Rather than acting as a group of conventional brothels, Orchard Towers serves as an establishment where clients are able to meet and pick up prostitutes. These prostitutes are mostly freelancers who are in Singapore on tourist visas and thus working illegally, and the complex is thus regularly raided by police. They are primarily from Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Russia, Ukraine and a few from mainland China and South America.
Bars in the shopping mall include Ipanema, Harry's Bar, Top 5 (formerly known as Top 10) and Naughty Girl.
The mall includes basic amenities such as ATMs, as well as a supermarket and a convenience store.
Orchard Towers double murder
On 2 January 2002, Michael McCrea (also known as Mike Townsend), a British expatriate in his 40s, murdered his driver friend Kho Nai Guan (46) and Kho's fiancee Lan Ya Ming (30) in his apartment in Pinewood Garden. Audrey Ong had helped McCrea in the murder. After the murders, the bodies of the two deceased were left inside a silver Daewoo Chairman 400 which was abandoned on the 6th story of the Orchard Towers car park. Peter Chong discovered the car on 7 January 2002 and informed the car park's security guards, who informed the Singapore police.
On 7 February 2003, Audrey Ong was sentenced to 12 years in jail for the murders. On 27 September 2005, Michael McCrea was extradited to Singapore on Singapore Airlines Flight SQ228. On 29 June 2006, Michael McCrea was sentenced to 24 years in jail for the murders.
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- Channel NewsAsia
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