Man suspected of involvement with vice website Laksaboy charged in court

Saw Yan Long, suspected of involvement in a multinational online vice ring, was charged in court on Saturday (July 22) morning.
Saw Yan Long, suspected of involvement in a multinational online vice ring, was charged in court on Saturday (July 22) morning. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

SINGAPORE - A man suspected of involvement with vice website Laksaboy was charged in court on Saturday (July 22) morning.

Saw Yan Long, 29, was charged for an offence under the Women's Charter for living off part of the earnings of a 39-year-old Thai national between June 29 and July 19.

Prosecutors said in court that Saw is suspected of involvement in a multinational online vice ring. 

On Friday, the police said it "crippled" two vice syndicates and vice website Laksaboy through raids held on Thursday that netted Saw and 20 others, comprising four men and 16 women aged between 22 and 57.

The website hosted 22 banners believed to be owned by different vice syndicates, which featured female escorts of various nationalities advertising sexual services online.

Raids were conducted at multiple locations islandwide, including Havelock Road, Marine Parade, Whampoa Road, Cairnhill, Lavender Road and Balestier Road. 

 

Twenty-six mobile phones, eight laptops, condoms and related documents were seized for investigations. 

 

Investigation against the others nabbed on Thursday is ongoing. The case will be heard again in court on July 28. 

Any person convicted of knowingly living off the earnings of prostitutes could be jailed for up to five years and fined up to $10,000.

A person convicted of operating communications services offering sexual services in return for payment could be jailed for up to three years and/or fined up to $3,000.