SINGAPORE: National para-athlete Adam Kamis was sentenced to 38 months' jail on Monday (Jun 27) for recruiting several women, including a 16-year-old girl, into the sex trade.
Adam, 37, said he set up a social escort agency in early 2013 to get out of debt, and operated it for more than two years before he was arrested in 2015.
The one-armed athlete took to Facebook to recruit women, promising them a "high paying freelance job ... Earn up to S$1,000 per assignment", he wrote in the job advertisement.
To "pique their interest and gain (the women's) trust", Adam used the moniker "Angel Tan" to pass himself off as an escort girl working for the agency, Deputy Public Prosecutor Sharmila Sripathy-Shanaz told the court.
Besides getting victims to fill in a “sexually explicit” questionnaire, Adam would also ask the women to indicate the sexual services they were willing to provide to clients, DPP Sripathy-Shanaz said. Then, he would “interview” the women in his Yishun flat, when his wife was not at home.
Adam told the women to strip, so he could “inspect the condition of their bodies”. To prove that they were indeed willing to provide sexual services, Adam would “try out” the women by having sex with them, DPP Sripathy-Shanaz told the court.
The DPP noted that except for the 16-year-old girl, the other victims appear to have joined Adam’s agency voluntarily.
DPP Sripathy-Shanaz said Adam had clearly exerted pressure on the teen to make her compliant to his demands, by falsely assuring her the agency was legitimate, and that he had other underage girls working for him.
He persuaded her to let him “inspect” her body, assuring her that all the girls who attended the interview had to do the same. After she complied, Adam told her he needed to “test her sexual skills”, DPP Sripathy-Shanaz said.
Adam persisted despite the girl saying that she was only 16, telling her that no one would find out. He had sex with her, but in the days following, the girl stopped responding to his attempts to contact her again.
For procuring or attempting to procure a woman for the purpose of prostitution, Adam could have been sentenced to up to five years’ jail and a fine of up to S$10,000. For child trafficking, Adam could have been jailed for up to 10 years, fined up to S$100,000, or given up to six strokes of the cane.