Vietnamese girl's virginity sold for $1,500

At 17, she was really still a child.

But the virginity of this Vietnamese girl was sold to a stranger.

The price: $1,500.

When she was recruited in Vietnam, she knew she was coming to work as a prostitute and hostess, police investigations here revealed.

She had sex with her first customer in October 2008, soon after arriving in Singapore.

But it hurt and she refused to continue working.

Her pimp physically abused her and the girl was forced to have sex with another customer, according to court documents.

Her pimp, Vietnamese national Ngo Tien, 31, kept $1,000 as part of the "contract money" used to arrange for her to come to Singapore to work as a hostess and prostitute.

Ngo worked with her husband, Seng Swee Meng, 41.

The girl was one of four Vietnamese teens, aged 16 and 17, who were made to work for the vice syndicate. They were all virgins.

They were part of a group of 30 Vietnamese women rounded up by police officers last August.

Fifteen of them, including the four teens, were managed by Seng, 42.

Seng was jailed for five years on April 11.

He had four charges of harbouring prostitutes, four counts of receiving them at Changi Airport, four counts of living in part on earnings of prostitution, two counts of abetting to obtain commercial sex with minors and one count of managing a place where the sex workers were assigned.

Thirty-six other charges for similar offences were taken into consideration during sentencing.

The girls, who ranged in age from 16 to 29, were recruited by agents in Vietnam.

Police investigations here revealed that the women were told they would be working as hostesses and prostitutes here.

But did the girls who were under 18 know what they were getting themselves into?

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