Online vice ring: 17th man jailed 16 weeks

A trader was jailed for 16 weeks on Thursday for having commercial sex with a minor in the high-profile online vice ring case.

Lim Kok Tong, 39, is the 17th man to be dealt with in the case which involved 51 men who have been prosecuted for paid sex with the same 17-year-old girl.

Sixteen have been jailed for between nine and 13 weeks for commercial sex with the underage prostitute.The prosecution urged the court to impose between 15 and 20 weeks' jail on Lim on the ground that he intentionally sought the sexual services of a minor below 18 years of age. The married father of two even went as far as indicating to the pimp that he was willing to pay for younger escorts.

Lim admitted to paying $650 to the minor for her sexual services at Hotel 81 in Bencoolen Street on Dec 22, 2010. He could have been jailed for up to seven years and/or fined.

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