45th man convicted in online vice ring case gets 10 weeks' jail

SINGAPORE - Another of the 51 men hauled to court three years ago for commercial sex with a minor in an online vice ring case was jailed for 10 weeks on Thursday.

Fong Kok Liang, 43, who is self-employed and ran a printing business, is the 47th man to be dealt with, and the 45th to be convicted of the offence. Two have been acquitted and most of the others were jailed between 10 and 12 weeks each for similar offences.

Fong admitted to paying $450 for the sexual services of a 17-year-old social escort working for pimp Tang Boon Thiew on Oct 10, 2010.

The court heard that Tang, 41, started operating the online vice ring in 2010.

The minor, who is now 22, was described on the website as an 18-year-old polytechnic student.

Sometime in mid-2010, Fong came across her profile and sent Tang a text message on Oct 9 that year to book her for sex.

Fong booked a room at Hotel 81 Bencoolen at about 3pm and waited for the minor. She came and they had sex. He paid her $450 before she left.

Tang was convicted of 20 vice-related charges and was sentenced to 58 months' jail and fined $90,000.

Fong could have been jailed for up to seven years and/or fined for having commercial sex with a person under 18 years of age.