Former Swiss banker on trial for having paid sex with minor

SINGAPORE - Swiss Juerg Buergin, a former UBS executive,  41, is the first among the 51 men charged for having paid sex with the victim, who was then 17 years old, to go on trial.

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Swiss man charged in Singapore callgirl scandal

SINGAPORE - A scandal over an underage Singaporean prostitute widened Wednesday after a Swiss man and a prominent Singaporean business figure were accused of being among her clients.

Swiss national Juerg Buergin, 40, and Howard Shaw, 41, a member of a famous Asian cinema and property clan, were charged with having paid sex with a woman under the age of 18, an offence punishable by up to seven years in prison.

In charge sheets seen by AFP, Buergin was accused of paying the girl twice for sex in luxury hotels while Shaw allegedly procured her services once.

Local media reports said the girl was 17 when the alleged offences took place between September 2010 and February 2011.

Singapore media websites said Buergin is a former executive at Swiss banking giant UBS in Singapore but UBS had no comment on the report.

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