Pimp jailed 4 years for array of crimes

Wong admitted to 20 charges consisting of eight distinct crimes across four separate laws.
Wong admitted to 20 charges consisting of eight distinct crimes across four separate laws.

He pimped six women to provide sex; crime spree included breaking the law in eight ways

A 24-year-old man who pimped six women to provide perverted sexual services went on a crime spree that included breaking the law in eight ways.

Wong Jun Siang even sold soiled bras, panties and socks belonging to the women, aged between 17 and 22, a court heard.

Yesterday, Wong was jailed for four years and fined $2,000. He pleaded guilty to 20 charges consisting of the eight distinct crimes across four separate laws. These include: arranging a sham marriage, procuring a woman for prostitution, living on the earnings of prostitution, and recruiting a child for sexual exploitation. Another 57 charges were considered in sentencing.

A district court heard that Wong advertised his vice operation on online forums and two websites. He would pocket a 20 to 30 per cent cut of the fees paid by customers.

In August last year, Wong persuaded a 19-year-old to work for him. She was paid $350 for one hour of her services by her first client. Between August and Nov 5 last year, she met 20 to 30 customers.

Wong also cheated the women in his vice ring by getting them to sign up for mobile plans and then selling the phones, while they had to continue paying for the plans.

He also stole US$7,000 (S$10,010) from his 19-year-old girlfriend's father. Wong also cheated the father, who paid $1,780 for two phones but got only one.

On May 27, 2014, Wong married Vietnamese Pham Thi Theu, in return for $5,000 from a man, Chee Wee Siang. Wong later falsely told the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority that Pham was staying with him, so she could get a visit pass.

Wong also arranged a sham marriage for another Vietnamese woman for $7,000. He promised Benson Lim Wei Sheng $3,000 to induce him to marry her on June 11, 2014. But Wong never paid him.

In November 2011, Wong was sentenced to a Reformative Training Centre stint on five counts of cheating 14 people of their cellphones. He was convicted of theft and molestation in September 2007, and spent two years in a juvenile home.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 02, 2016, with the headline 'Pimp jailed 4 years for array of crimes'. Print Edition | Subscribe