Teen gets probation for helping to manage brothel

VICE OFFENCES: Jaryl Tan, who was detained in an anti-drug operation last year, was given 18 months' probation.

Jaryl Tan Wencong is the second of three people to be dealt with.

He pleaded guilty last month to helping to manage a brothel at a unit in Chateau Eliza at Mount Elizabeth and receiving a 30-year-old Thai prostitute at Changi Airport for prostitution.

Nine other charges, including living on immoral earnings of the prostitutes, were considered during his sentencing.

A Community Court heard that he and Cheng Wei Guang, 22, were detained during an anti-drug operation at Min Wah Hotel in Geylang on July 8 last year. Six Thai passports and a photocopy of a Thai passport were found on them.

Investigations showed that seven women from Thailand were working for a vice syndicate operated by a man known only as David.

The women, whose photographs were put online, would wait in their rooms for the syndicate to get clients for them to provide sexual services to.

Both Tan and Cheng were tasked with helping to manage the brothel at Chateau Eliza.

Investigations showed that Tan began working for the syndicate on June 25 last year, and had not been paid until his arrest.

Among other things, he had to deliver food to the prostitutes and clean the units they stayed in.

On July 1 last year, Tan and Cheng went to the airport to receive and take the 30-year-old Thai woman to the condominium to stay and provide sexual services.

Cheng, who faced 16 charges, was jailed for nine months last year. The case against a third man, Francis Tan Thuan Heng, 21, is pending.

Under the probation order, Jaryl Tan, who will be enlisted into the army on March 6, has to perform 120 hours of community service and remain indoors from 10pm to 6am when he is out of camp. His mother signed a $5,000 bond to ensure his good behaviour.

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