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Two men who had paid sex with underage girls from two separate online vice rings were jailed 12 and 13 weeks respectively by a district court on Monday.
SINGAPORE: Two men who had paid sex with underage girls from two separate online vice rings were jailed 12 and 13 weeks respectively by a district court on Monday.
Foo Kim Meng, 47, became the 22nd man in the high profile online vice ring case involving 51 men, to be convicted and sentenced. He was jailed 13 weeks.
Foo had pleaded guilty to having sex with the minor -- who was then 17 years old -- on four occasions between October 2010 and January 2011. He paid her S$500 each time.
The prosecution proceeded on two charges, with the remaining two being taken into consideration for sentencing.
The court had heard that the minor was listed as one of the escorts on a website operated by pimp Tang Boon Thiew.
Foo had come across the website and booked the minor for sexual services via text messages to Tang, who would then confirm the minor's availability. After that, Foo would book a room at a budget hotel and would inform Tang of the hotel name and room number, and would meet the minor there.
In the second case, 33-year-old Babu Suppiah was jailed 12 weeks for having paid sex with another minor -- who was only 16 years old at the time of the offences.
She had been tricked into prostitution by her pimps Malcolm Graham Head and his girlfriend Veronica Patricia Rio. At times when the girl did not want to serve clients, they would drug her to keep her awake or assault her.
Babu, a driver, is the fifth man to be jailed in this online vice ring which involved 10 men.
The court heard that he sent a text message to Head in February, asking if the girl was available.
He later paid the girl S$400 for her sexual services after meeting her at a hotel in Geylang. He did not ask her age nor to see her identity card.
Both men could have been jailed up to seven years and fined.