Student faces more charges of human trafficking

Student faces more charges of human trafficking
Muhammad Khairulanwar Rohmat, the first Singaporean man to become the first person to be charged under the prevention of human trafficking act.

Sixteen new charges have been levelled against a 24-year-old student who last week became the first person to be charged under the Prevention of Human Trafficking Act.

They concern another girl, this one a 16-year-old, whom Muhammad Khairulanwar Rohmat is also accused of exploiting.

The latest charges are on top of those made against him last week concerning the recruitment of a 15-year-old at a Starbucks cafe in Orchard Road on April 15 with the aim of exploiting her. He is also accused of having had sex with her two days earlier in a men's toilet in Cuppage Plaza.

Latest court documents show that Khairulanwar recruited the 16-year-old at the Five Tapas Bar at Cuppage Terrace on March 15.

He then allegedly paid her $70 for sex in the same men's toilet of the building in Koek Road on March 27.

Khairulanwar also faces two charges of abetting an unknown man each time to have commercial sex with the girl, for $350 and $450 respectively.

Five of the 16 fresh charges allege that he lived on the immoral earnings of five prostitutes, all in their 20s, between February 2013 and April 20 this year.

He allegedly procured the five women and a sixth for prostitution.

The prosecution suggested bail of $100,000 and applied for an adjournment of three weeks to complete its investigation.

Khairulanwar's lawyer Ferlin Jayatissa asked that bail be reduced to $50,000.

District Judge Eddy Tham set bail at $70,000. The case will be mentioned again on May 20.

Under the Prevention of Human Trafficking Act, which came into force last month, anyone who recruits, transports, transfers, harbours or receives a child for the purpose of exploitation, whether here or abroad, can be fined up to $100,000, jailed for up to 10 years, and given up to six strokes of the cane.

The maximum penalty for commercial sex with a person below 18 years is seven years and a fine.

The Women's Charter offences are punishable with up to five years' jail and a $10,000 fine


This article was first published on April 30, 2015.
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