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Friday, Jun 6, 2014

Singapore

Client was all hands

The New Paper | Ng Jun Sen | Friday, Jun 6, 2014

She thought she was about to clinch a major deal, but her "client" had his eye on something else - her.

Realty firm ERA Singapore assistant marketing manager Linda Yang, 26, thought she was about to close the deal when her 50-year-old client suddenly became touchy-feely.

As they were walking and discussing the deal, she felt his hand wandering down from her head to her shoulders and then her back.

Miss Yang, who was a year into her job in January, said: "I used my handbag to create a barrier between us, but somehow, he got past it to touch me."

He also used a suggestive tone when talking to her and digressed into inappropriate topics, such as his sexual history.

"He told me he was a Libra and shared in detail how he made love to his ex-girlfriends.

"I felt uncomfortable, but I couldn't just walk away. I didn't know how to react. When I eventually left the meeting, he even winked at me," Miss Yang said.

Her interaction with this client ended when her boyfriend told her to stay away from him as "things were getting out of hand".

Miss Yang realised things could have ended a lot worse when she found out about serial rapist Azuar Ahamad, who was sentenced to 37½ years in jail and 24 strokes of the cane last week.

The 44-year-old had raped and sexually assaulted eight women and molested another 14, many of them sales executives and working professionals like Miss Yang.

The prosecution called him "the worst serial rapist to be dealt with in Singapore".

While meeting these women posing as a potential client, Azuar would spike their drinks and take advantage of them while they were unconscious.

Said Miss Yang: "I do not mind sharing my story with everyone as I hope that more (sales) agents will become aware of such people and be more careful."

She now e-mails her potential clients first to suss them out. Only when she is certain they are genuine, would she agree to meet them.

Sometimes, her boyfriend would tag along for protection during her first meetings with new clients.

Her boyfriend, who is in the same industry, would also contribute to the discussion.

SURPRISED

Azuar's reign of terror finally ended when one of his would-be victims, an insurance agent, took her boyfriend along to their meeting. After drugging her, the rapist was surprised by the boyfriend and was subsequently arrested by the police. 

It seems that it is not only women who may be treated inappropriately by lascivious clients.

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