Singapore — The 29th man to be convicted in a long-running online vice case was jailed for nine weeks on Monday in Singapore for having commercial sex with an underaged escort.
The defendant, 35-year-old Goh Wee Seong, is a former assistant engineer with the Republic of Singapore Air Force.
Mr. Goh, now a courier delivery driver, admitted that he paid $500 for the sexual services of the 17-year-old escort at Hotel 81 Bencoolen on October 23, 2010.
According to evidence presented in the district court, the defendant came across a website in 2009 or 2010 through a thread of another website Sammy Boy Forum on escorts providing sexual services.
Mr. Goh then sent text messages to the pimp, Tang Boon thiew, asking if the minor was available, according to reports.
The high-profile online vice-ring case involves 51 suspects, 29 of which have now been convicted.
The stiffest sentence to be given so far is five months jail, handed out to Emlyn Thomas Thariyan, a 38-year-old Armed Forces Lieutenant Colonel, who was convicted in November of paying a 17-year-old prostitute $500 for sex in February 2011.
Mr. Thariyan was convicted after a 10-day-trial earlier this year. He told the court that he felt he was “not guilty of this charge”. He is appealing against the conviction and sentence, according to reports.
Though prostitution in Singapore is legal, various prostitution-related activities are not, including public solicitation, living on the earnings of a prostitute, and maintaining a brothel.
Obtaining the sexual services of a person under 18 years of age is a criminal offence under Singapore law.