Underage sex case: Retiree, 75, jailed for 12 weeks

Underage sex case: Retiree, 75, jailed for 12 weeks
From left, Retiree Chong Kwong Ann, 75, was jailed 12 weeks, Bookkeeper Tiah Oon Kai, 66, was jailed12 weeks, Full-time national serviceman yap Jun Hao’s sentence was postponed and Chinese national Li Weichao, 42, was jailed 12 weeks.

You were willing buyers, but she was not a willing seller.

As such, the sex services offered by the underage prostitute were actually a case of "forced prostitution".

Those were the words of District Judge Low Wee Ping on Thursday as he read out the sentences of three Singaporean men and a Chinese national for having commercial sex with the girl.

The New Paper reported on Thursday that the young girl from China had gone through a hellish initiation of drugs, rape and beatings to turn her into a prostitute.

On Thursday, Chong Kwong Ann, 75 - the oldest of the 19 men who were charged last week - was packed off to jail for 12 weeks.

Chong said he had asked the girl twice for her age and pleaded for leniency due to health concerns.

Judge Low noted the retiree's age and highlighted the age gap of 58 years between Chong and the minor, who was 17 at the time of the offence.

Chong had committed the offence twice, the court heard.

Bookkeeper Tiah Oon Kai, 66, and Chinese national Li Weichao, 42, were also jailed for 12 weeks on Thursday. Toh Toh Loh, 60, a labourer, was jailed for 11 weeks.

A fifth man, full-time national serviceman Yap Jun Hao, 22, also pleaded guilty on Thursday. But his defence asked for a postponement of the sentence to prepare mitigation and for him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

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