Woman in online vice syndicate jailed for four months

A woman, who helped her husband operate an online vice syndicate that brought in revenue of $200,000 a month, was jailed for four months on Tuesday.

A district court had adjourned sentencing Charlene Pang Siew Ting, 26, in December so that her husband could complete his five-month jail sentence. She had been worried that there was no one to care for their three-year-old son. Her spouse, Liew Kuo Feng, 34, was released early this month.

Both pleaded guilty in December to living in part on prostitution earnings. The court then heard that the syndicate operated four websites. Operating out of an office at Maysprings condominium, the syndicate liaised with its foreign counterparts to bring in Thai and Korean prostitutes.

Pang and Liew had to man the phone lines of the vice websites and arrange for sexual services for the customers between 8am and 4.30pm. He was paid $3,000 while she received $2,500 a month.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Wee Hao had asked the court on Tuesday to impose a five-month jail term as Pang had played a similar role as her husband.

But defence counsel Rajan Nair said that Pang had worked for the syndicate for only nine months as opposed to the nearly two years by Liew. She was also paid less, he said.

All the other accomplices involved in the syndicate have been dealt with.