Five more men charged with commercial sex with 17-year-old girl in latest vice ring case

SINGAPORE - Five more men - all Chinese nationals - were charged in court on Friday with having commercial sex with a minor. Fourteen other men were charged earlier on Wednesday with having paid sex with the same 17-year-old girl in budget hotels and a lodging house in Geylang.

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Chinese men charged in Singapore teen prostitute case

SINGAPORE, Sept 06, 2013 (AFP) - Five Chinese nationals were charged in a Singapore court Friday following the city-state’s latest crackdown on underage prostitution.

The men, aged between 35 and 42, allegedly paid the 17-year-old girl Sg$60 ($47) each for sexual services in May.

Fourteen Singaporean men, including two septuagenarians, were charged in court on Wednesday for procuring the services of the same girl, whose identity and nationality cannot be disclosed.

While prostitution is legal in Singapore, paying for sex with a girl under the age of 18 is a crime punishable by up to seven years in jail, a fine, or both.

Last year, 51 local and foreign men including a Swiss ex-banker were charged with having sex with a 17-year-old call girl in 2010 and 2011. Most have served jail terms.