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SINGAPORE, Dec 7, 2015:

A pimp who received nearly S$2.6 million (RM7.8 million) in revenue and earned a profit of about S$1 million (RM3 million) over five years was convicted of various offences on Monday. Chew Tiong Wei, 38, was said to be involved in one of the largest online vice-ring cases. He pleaded guilty to 28 charges in all, with 73 charges to be taken into consideration during his sentencing on Jan 13, according to a report in the Straits Times. Chew’s vice-ring involved at least 22 prostitutes, 11 of whom were below 18 at the time of the offences while the youngest was 15. He would also engage in sex with the females who were under 18 years old before prostituting them. Chew’s reason was that they needed to get used to the “whole feel” of dealing with customers, and he would also provide pointers and feedback on their sexual performance. A district court heard that Chew first set up his vice business in mid 2007, and operated until he was arrested by anti-vice police in his Golden Landmark office in December last year, the report added. He apparently lured the women through advertisements in newspapers for female “social escorts”. Chew would meet the applicants for an interview. After an applicant agreed to provide sexual services, Chew would arrange for a photo-shoot of her in scantily-clad clothes and in provocative poses. Naked photos would also be taken if she gave her consent. He would then post a profile of the “social escort” on an online forum, with a price which he determined based on a discussion with her and his own assessment of her “quality”. The prices of the girls ranged from S$200 to S$1,000 (RM300 – RM3,000), the Straits Times report said. Read more:http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/online-vice-ring-pimp-who-made-1million-in-profits-over-5-years-convicted-of

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