Teen gets probation for helping to manage brothel and receiving prostitute

Jaryl Tan Wencong, 19, was placed on 18 months' probation on Monday for vice-related offences. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW
Jaryl Tan Wencong, 19, was placed on 18 months' probation on Monday for vice-related offences. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - A 19-year-old was placed on 18 months' probation on Monday for vice-related offences.

Jaryl Tan Wencong is the second of three persons 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 on-line, would wait in their rooms for the syndicate to get clients for them to provide sexual services to.

Both Tan and Cheng were tasked to assist in managing the brothel at Chateau Eliza.

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

Among his duties was 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 where she was to stay and provide sexual services.

Cheng, who faced 16 charges, was jailed for nine months last year. The case against 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.