A woman who arranged for her 15-year-old goddaughter to have paid sex with an acquaintance of her Bangladeshi boyfriend was sentenced to jail and fined.
The 45-year-old had done this after the teenager told her that she needed money.
On Wednesday, District Judge Kamala Ponnampalam jailed the godmother for 12 months and fined her $4,000, telling her: "I find that you have been instrumental in corrupting this young girl."
The former quality assurance inspector pleaded guilty to procuring and abetting the teenager to have commercial sex. The girl had sex with co-accused Md Zahangir Alam (Ronju) Mohammad Ali Sheikh, 30, a marine trades worker, for $200 at Jin Dong Hotel in Geylang last October.
The godmother, who cannot be named to protect the minor, had asked for leniency, saying she did not know what had happened to her 14-year-old son as she had been remanded since her arrest last month.
However, Deputy Public Prosecutor Goh Yi Ling said the accused had taken advantage of her position as a godmother and used the minor's naivety to instigate her to provide sexual services.
She said the accused should get a higher sentence than the 10 months given to the co-accused for paid sex. The judge agreed. DPP Goh said the minor mentioned to her godmother on Sept 30 last year that she needed money. The woman suggested the girl have paid sex with men, and she could help her find a man.
The next day, the pair met the woman's boyfriend, Md Jewel Abdul Latif, 31, at Chinese Garden in Jurong East. He invited Zahangir to meet them.
The godmother told the teen to offer him sex for $200. He agreed and all four took a cab to Geylang where they checked into two rooms.
Zahangir had sex five times with the girl and paid her $200.
After checking out of the hotel the next day, he asked her to give him $50 as he had no more money.
She did so, and later also handed over $50 to her godmother.
The maximum penalty for paid sex with a person under 18 is seven years' jail and a fine.
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