Teen put on probation for helping to run 2 brothels

Teen put on probation for helping to run 2 brothels
Photo of the red light district in Geylang.

SINGAPORE - A teenager who helped to run two brothels but was never paid for doing so was placed on probation yesterday.

Jaryl Tan Wencong, 19, committed 11 offences of living off prostitution earnings and helping to manage two operations in Geylang and a flat in District 9.

He admitted two charges: helping to run the brothel in Chateau Eliza in Mount Elizabeth; and meeting a Thai woman at Changi Airport, knowing she was procured for prostitution here.

Yesterday, Community Court Judge Lim Keng Yeow accepted the recommendations of a probation officer and placed Tan on 18 months' probation.

He could have been fined up to $3,000 and/or jailed up to three years for assisting in managing a brothel.

He is the second out of three men to be tried in relation to the case. Co-accused Cheng Wei Guang, 22, was given nine months' jail in November last year.

The court heard that narcotics officers detained Tan and Cheng at the lobby of Min Wah Hotel in Geylang, Lorong 22 on July 8 last year. Six Thai passports and a photocopy of another passport were found in their possession.

Investigations found that the seven Thai women were working for a vice syndicate operated by a man known only as David.

The women, whose photos were put online, would wait for clients in their room. Tan and Cheng were tasked with assisting in managing the brothel and collecting the women's earnings.

Tan began working for the syndicate on June 25 last year but did not receive any salary as he was under "training", investigations found.

On July 1, Tan and Cheng met the 30-year-old Thai woman at the airport and took her to the condominium where she would stay and provide sexual services.

The case against a third man, Francis Tan Thuan Heng, 21, is at the pre-trial conference stage.

Tan must perform 120 hours of community service and observe a curfew. His mother signed a $5,000 bond to ensure his good behaviour.

This article was first published on January 6, 2015.
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