The Straits Times
Published on Oct 05, 2012

Couple in court for running online vice operation


A COUPLE pocketed about $10,000 from a 20-year-old prostitute as well as a cut of the earnings of eight other women they managed in an online vice operation. On Friday, Andy Chang Shi Chang, 29, was jailed eight months by a district court.

The unemployed man had pleaded guilty to procuring women for prostitution, living on immoral earnings and to managing a vice service at Gerald Park condominium in Seletar. Sentencing for his girlfriend, Mabel Wong Liya, 20, was adjourned to Nov 2 to gauge her suitability for probation or reformative training. She had pleaded guilty to similar offences.

The court heard that in January 2010 Chang and Wong placed advertisements in The New Paper for social escorts. They would tell the escorts to provide sexual services for between $250 and $500 a session and to give them a cut of $50 to $100 from each booking.

The nine women named in the court papers are now aged between 20 and 45 but one of them was only 17 years old at the time the offences were committed.