Pimp, who had sex with prostitutes to evaluate their skills, jailed for 4 months

Foreign prostitutes ply their trade along Geylang Road in this June 1, 2011 photo. Larry Tan Swee Lai, 51, was jailed four months for procuring women for prostitution and living off their earnings. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Foreign prostitutes ply their trade along Geylang Road in this June 1, 2011 photo. Larry Tan Swee Lai, 51, was jailed four months for procuring women for prostitution and living off their earnings. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

A pimp, who got women have sex with him so as to test their skills, rate their bodies and recommend a suitable price for their sexual services, was jailed for four months.

Larry Tan Swee Lai, who started as a pimp in 2006, was arrested with his accomplice, Ng Soh Sin, 43, in November 2012.

On Wednesday, both were jailed for four months by a district court. They had pleaded guilty to procuring women for prostitution and living off their earnings. They also admitted to managing premises for prostitution.

Tan, 51, and Ng would upload photographs of their prostitutes with details such as age, height, weight, and type of services offered on an online forum. Those interested would send Tan or Ng their contact numbers through the forum threads. The duo would then make reservations for a hotel room and arrange for the customer and prostitute to meet for sex.

After the encounter, the woman would pass a cut to either Tan or Ng.

The court heard that a 23-year-old Singaporean woman who worked for the duo handed over about $4,000 between 2007 and last year.

Tan was arrested at the Fairmont Hotel in Bras Basah Road while Ng was nabbed in the Orchard Road area.