First person to receive probation sentence for having paid sex with a minor
A 22-year-old man who had paid sex with a 17-year-old girl from China was given 18 months' probation on Tuesday. Yap Jun Hao is the first accused to get probation for such an offence, but the prosecution said this should not set a precedent for future cases.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Sharmila Sripathy-Shanaz said that given the nature and gravity of the offence, the prosecution's position has been and continues to be that a jail sentence is warranted if an accused engages in commercial sex with a minor.
Yap was doing his full-time national service when he paid $60 for the sexual services of the native from Shandong, China, at a lodging house in Geylang in May 2013. The court heard that Yap, who would visit Geylang for prostitutes whenever he felt lonely, was approached by the minor in Lorong 22 Geylang on a day between May 18 and 20 last year. She offered him paid sexual services for $60 and they proceeded to the lodging house.
He asked for her age and she replied that she was 19 years old, but he did not take any steps to verify this.