23rd man in online underage sex case gets 12 weeks' jail

A salesman who had commercial sex with a 17-year-old girl in the online vice ring case was jailed for 12 weeks on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: SPH
A salesman who had commercial sex with a 17-year-old girl in the online vice ring case was jailed for 12 weeks on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: SPH

A salesman who had commercial sex with a 17-year-old girl in the online vice ring case was jailed for 12 weeks on Wednesday.

Sng Kok Wee, 31, is the 23rd man to be dealt with to-date. He was among 51 men charged last year with paid sex with the same girl.

A district court heard that Sng came across a website on escorts who provided sexual services. The girl was among the escorts working for Tang Boon Thiew, 40, and was described as an 18-year-old polytechnic student on the website.

After seeing her details, Sng was keen to engage her services and sent text messages to Tang to find out if she was available on Oct 10, 2010. He was quoted $450 for an hour of the girl's sexual services and the location was Hotel 81 Bencoolen.

Sng booked a room at the Bencoolen Street hotel. He paid $450 to the minor for her services.

His lawyer Sunil Sudheesan said Sng did not intend to seek out a minor and was sorry for his offence. He did ask the prostitute to confirm that she was in the second-year of polytechnic education but failed to check her identity card, he said.

The maximum penalty for the offence is seven years' jail and a fine.