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The pimp convicted of forcing a minor to have sex with 100 men in the third vice ring was on Thursday jailed six years.
SINGAPORE: The pimp convicted of forcing a minor to have sex with 100 men in the third vice ring was on Thursday jailed six years.
In September this year, 37-year-old Tang Huisheng, a Chinese national, pleaded guilty to four charges of bringing the minor into Singapore for prostitution and living off her earnings, among other things.
Over the past two weeks, he denied accusations that he forced the 17-year-old girl into prostitution.
He also flatly denied hitting the girl, threatening her, feeding her drugs and having sex with her while the minor was in a stupor.
Earlier this week, Tang even told the court he was "truly the victim in this case".
In his own defence, Tang said he is "not a beast" and that the girl was the one who initiated the sex as they were lovers.
These were heard at a special hearing held last week and on Monday, where Tang maintained his plea of guilt but disputed certain facts of the case.
District Judge Shaiffudin Saruwan said in sentencing that despite being fearful of Tang, the minor was still a cogent and credible witness who did not embellish her evidence in court.
The minor was on the stand during the special hearing.
In contrast, the judge said Tang "consistently evaded direct answers" and kept changing his story.
In particular, the judge described Tang's claim that the girl and him were lovers as "contrived".
Calling Tang's acts as "outright cruelty", the judge said the offences show his "staggering degree of exploitation and callousness".
Judge Shaiffudin said Tang's actions are "viewed with abhorrence" and pointed out that he forced the victim to serve a "mind-numbing" 10 clients a day, on average.
He added the fact that the girl tried to escape from Tang's clutches by jumping out of a fifth-level unit, showed the extreme physical and mental threats she was subjected to when she was held hostage in China.
Still, the judge noted that the prosecution's urge for a jail term of at least seven and a half years to be on the high side.
At the end of the hearing, Tang, who seemed agitated, shouted in Mandarin that "this is too unfair" to him, before he was led away.
Last month, the court heard that between May 18 and June 1 this year, Tang collected about S$9,000 from the minor in prostitution earnings.
The girl, who is also from China, had provided sexual services to some 100 clients on about 150 occasions, receiving about S$60 each time.
Tang would then use the money he took from the girl to pay for rental and other expenses, as well as gamble at the casino at Marina Bay Sands.