Online sex syndicate: Four suspects charged

Online sex syndicate: Four suspects charged

SINGAPORE - Three Singaporean men and one Vietnamese woman believed to be part of a syndicate which advertised sexual services online were charged in court yesterday.

Tan Teck Seng and Kelvin Lim Qi Xian, both aged 27, each faced one charge of living on the earnings of a 22-year-old Vietnamese prostitute.

Tan Tian Sze, 51, and Luong Thi Thu Ngan, 20, were each charged with receiving the woman into Singapore on Monday, knowing that she had been procured to be prostituted.

The case will be mentioned in court again on March 26, after the police asked for time for further investigations to be completed and more charges to be filed.

The four people were arrested in an islandwide blitz against the syndicate on Tuesday.

A total of 24 people were nabbed by Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers in areas such as Geylang, Hougang, Bishan and Jurong West.

Cash amounting to about $270,000 was seized, along with computers and cellphones.

Investigations are ongoing against the remaining three men and 17 women, aged 19 to 64, who were arrested.

CID Specialised Crime Branch head Lawrence Eng said: "Online vice operators who assume that they can hide through the anonymity offered by the Internet to commit criminal offences should think twice.

"We will find them and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law."

If convicted of their respective offences, the four who went to court each face up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

This article was first published on March 06, 2015.
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