A 19-year-old Singaporean who was caught running a brothel was on Monday (Jan 5) sentenced to 18 months of probation and 120 hours of community service.
Jaryl Tan Wencong was arrested by Central Narcotics Bureau officers on July 8 last year during a drug bust at a hotel in Geylang.
Another Singaporean man, 22-year-old Cheng Wei Guang, was arrested with Tan. Six Thai passports and a photocopy of another passport, all belonging to Thai women, were found on the two men.
A third man — 21-year-old Francis Tan Thuan Heng — has also been arrested for involvement with the syndicate and is currently awaiting trial.
Cheng faced 16 charges and was sentenced to nine months in jail last year.
Investigations revealed that the women were working for a vice syndicate run by a person known only as David, who would upload photographs of women to the Internet and secure clients, for whom the women would provide sexual services.
Court documents showed that Jaryl and the two men were in charge of running a brothel out of several condominium units at Mount Elizabeth. Their tasks included delivering food, condoms and lubricants to the women and cleaning the units.
The three men also collected the women’s earnings at the end of each day.
Jaryl also pleaded guilty to the charge of receiving women who were being used for prostitution.
On July 1 last year, Jaryl and Cheng picked up Ms Sukana Yenjai, a 30-year-old Thai national, from Changi Airport and took her to the Mount Elizabeth condominium.
Investigations showed that an unknown agent in Thailand had made arrangements for Ms Yenjai to come to Singapore to work as a prostitute.
During the hearing at the State Courts yesterday, District Judge Lim Keng Yeow considered nine other charges against Jaryl, including living on immoral earnings of the prostitutes.
Under the probation order, Jaryl, who will be enlisted into the army on March 6, has to remain indoors from 10pm to 6am when he is out of camp.
The judge also ordered his mother to pay a bond of S$5,000 to ensure his good behaviour.