Prostitution kingpin and wife plead guilty

Prostitution kingpin and wife plead guilty
Prostitution kingpin Ang Boon Seng and his wife pleaded guilty to over 200 vice-related charges.

SINGAPORE - He is reportedly the brains behind one of Singapore's largest prostitution rings, with nine nightclubs along Orchard Road and 55 prostitutes under his wing.

In four years, from 2009 to last year, he and his wife made more than a million.

But the long arm of the law has caught up with Ang Boon Seng, 40, and his Philippine wife, Ylarde Anne Asuncion, 31.

Yesterday, they pleaded guilty and will be sentenced next week, Lianhe Wanbao reported.

Ang faces over 230 vice-related charges and seven Manpower Ministry charges. The charges relate to him getting people to recruit prostitutes, running an illegal brothel and living off prostitutes.

Last year, at about 11pm on Aug 13, the police's Criminal Investigation Department received information pointing to illegal prostitution activities in Orchard Plaza and Cuppage Plaza.

The police then raided nine nightclubs and brought down one of Singapore's biggest prostitution rings, Wanbao reported. Police arrested 68 people, including Ang.

Investigations revealed that he started a pub in June 2009, and in four years opened nine nightclubs in the Orchard Road area, operating illegal activities.

Through a Philippine agent, he brought in 55 women to Singapore as "entertainment performers" or tourists, to ply the prostitution trade.

Ang admitted that his nightclub business would bring in more than $344,000 a month and his monthly net profit could be between $27,000 and $60,000.

In the last four years, he got $1.08 million, of which 40 per cent came from the prostitutes' service fees. Ang's nine bank accounts were frozen after he was arrested.

He had 18 accomplices and they have been charged, including his wife. He got to know her in 2003 and they were married in August 2009.

She would then frequently travel to the Philippines to look for women interested in earning money to come to Singapore as "entertainment performers".

To dupe the authorities, she would sometimes pretend to be the women's sisters and fly back to Singapore with them.

Ang has six children and has married twice. His Philippine wife is his second and bore him three kids.

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