FOR seven months last year, the 15-year-old went by the name “Ariel” in an online chatroom called “Singapore.”
She said she wanted to “meet new friends” and posted her mobile phone number there.
When men called her, she told them she was 15 and available for sex. She charged S$80 to S$120 (RM174 to RM261) for one session, and S$400 (RM872) to stay the night.
From January to July last year, at least nine men responded, although she was said to have had 80 clients.
The nine were hauled to court for having sex with a girl under 16, which could have landed them in jail for up to five years and fined a maximum of S$10,000 (RM21,800).
Their names came to light after the girl made a police report on Aug 26 last year at the Bukit Merah East Neighbourhood Police Centre – because a “client,” Yeo Kai Kee, had stolen S$150 (RM327) from her.
Of the nine men, aged between 18 and 34, seven had to serve jail terms.
On Tuesday, the heaviest sentence was handed down to policeman Leonard Lim Yee Keat. He was sentenced to 18 months’ jail and fined S$10,000 (RM21,800).
Yeo Kai Kee, Goh Yeow Kwang, Ho Kok Leon and Robin Heng Koon Huat were sentenced to 12 months in jail.
Computer technician Lim Wai Keat and part-time VCD seller Lee Hwee Kang were sentenced to 13 months in jail. Zhou Jing Xiang and Terence Li were fined the maximum S$10,000 (RM21,800).
The girl operated mainly in hotels in Geylang and Joo Chiat, but also made house calls. The girl is now 16 and in a girls’ home. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network