Two more jailed for commercial sex with 17-year-old forced into prostitution

Ng Keng Siong (left), 56, and Ong Boon Hock, 61, were on Friday jailed 10 weeks each for engaging in commercial sex with a 17-year-old Chinese national who was forced by her pimp to work as a prostitute. -- ST PHOTOS: WONG KWAI CHOW
Ng Keng Siong (left), 56, and Ong Boon Hock, 61, were on Friday jailed 10 weeks each for engaging in commercial sex with a 17-year-old Chinese national who was forced by her pimp to work as a prostitute. -- ST PHOTOS: WONG KWAI CHOW

Two more men were on Friday jailed 10 weeks each for engaging in commercial sex with a 17-year-old Chinese national who was forced by her pimp to work as a prostitute.

This brings the total number of men sentenced so far to 15. Ng Keng Siong, 56, a project manager, admitted paying $80 for the sexual services of the minor at BudgetOne Hotel in Geylang on May 20. He had another charge committed the next day taken into consideration.

In the same court, assistant manager Ong Boon Hock, 61, admitted paying $60 for the teen's services at a lodging house in Lorong 21 Geylang between May 19 and 23. He, too, had a second similar charge considered.

According to both men, they had asked the minor for her age. She told them she was 19 and 20 respectively. But neither of them took any steps to verify this. The penalty for commercial sex with a person under 18 years of age is seven years' jail and/or a fine.