Online vice ring: Ex-NEA legal counsel jailed

Online vice ring: Ex-NEA legal counsel jailed

SINGAPORE - Another man charged with having commercial sex with an underage escort in the high-profile online vice ring case has been jailed.

Chia Kok Peng, 40, was sentenced to 11 weeks in jail on Monday, after admitting to paying $500 for the 17-year-old's services on Oct 29, 2010.

The former legal counsel of the National Environment Agency (NEA) is the 36th man facing similar charges to have been jailed by the court.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Winston Man said the escort was then working for Tang Boon Thiew, who started running the vice ring in 2010 via a website.

Customers of the 40-year-old pimp who wished to engage the services of any of the escorts advertised would proceed to contact him via the contact information made available on the site.

Chia came across the profiles of the minor, who was described as an 18-year-old polytechnic student, and another named "Angeline" on Tang's website on Oct 29, 2010.

He sent a text message to Tang and tried to book Angeline for sex on the same day.

Tang, however, told him Angeline was not available at his preferred timing.

As a result, Chia agreed to book the minor and pay $500 for her sexual services instead. He later booked a room in Hotel 81 Bencoolen and waited for the teenager.

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