A former warehouse assistant was jailed for four months yesterday for engaging the services of an underage prostitute last July.
This comes after 48 men appeared in court last week after allegedly committing a similar offence in an unrelated case.
Yeo Joo Meng, who turns 56 today, met the Vietnamese girl at the end of 2010 in a coffee shop at Lorong 28 Geylang.
He struck up a conversation with the teenager and asked for her age as she looked young.
The girl lied to him, saying that she was 20 years old.
She was actually 16.
Yeo asked the teenager to show him her passport to verify her age, but she refused.
He met her again at the end of July last year at the same coffee shop and she agreed to have sex with him for $100.
The pair went to The Sunflower hotel nearby and had sex.
The court heard that police officers from the Street Walkers Task Force arrested the girl during one of their rounds on July 31.
The girl had stored Yeo's number on her mobile phone as he intended to have an ongoing relationship with her.
She identified him as one of the men who had had sex with her.
The girl had been told by one of her cousins that she could earn a living working as a prostitute in Singapore.
She first came here to work in the vice trade on Sept 16, 2010. She lost her virginity during this first visit.
She went home about a month later, but returned to Singapore several more times after this.
For engaging the services of an underage prostitute, Yeo could have been jailed up to seven years and fined.
This article was first published in The New Paper.