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Two professionals were on Wednesday sentenced to jail terms of between 11 and 12 weeks for having commercial sex with the same underage prostitute, in the third vice ring to hit Singapore.
SINGAPORE: Two professionals were on Wednesday sentenced to jail terms of between 11 and 12 weeks for having commercial sex with the same underage prostitute, in the third vice ring to hit Singapore.
36-year-old Ho Chee Keong, a treasury advisor, and 42-year-old Leonard Shoh Kwan Heng, an IT manager, admitted to one charge each.
Both men, who have quit their jobs, were convicted of paying the 17-year-old girl between S$60 and S$80 for her sexual services in late May this year.
District Judge Low Wee Ping called the minor “a victim”, and said the description "reflects more correctly" the girl's background, which he said was "usually" the case.
He pointed out that there have been many similar cases in recent times.
Judge Low said "some Singaporeans think that these offences are a private matter", but he added they forget that offenders like Ho and Shoh "have participated in the horrendous trade of trafficking a minor" for prostitution.
He stressed that the courts must end such a trend, so that the criminals behind the trade "would no longer find it lucrative".
Before his sentence was passed, Ho, who is plump and bespectacled, said he had asked about the girl's age.
But Judge Low shot back: "You expect her to tell you the truth?"
As for Shoh, the judge noted he did not ask nor check the girl's identity.
During the hearing, the judge said Ho and Shoh are professionals and would have been aware that some of the minors have been forced into prostitution.
For this, Ho was given 11 weeks' jail while Shoh was handed a 12-week jail term.
So far, 24 men implicated in this third vice ring have been charged.
With the addition of Ho and Shoh, there are now 17 men sentenced to between 10 and 12 weeks' jail.
Separately, the pimp, Tang Huisheng who forced the same victim into prostitution, is slated to be sentenced on Thursday.