Huynh Thi Kieu Trang (R) and her Singaporean husband Quek Choon Leong. Photo credit: The Strait Times
A Singaporean court on Tuesday sentenced a Vietnamese woman to 29 months in jail for running a prostitution ring in the country, The Strait Times reported.
Huynh Thi Kieu Trang, 35, who faced 103 charges, pleaded guilty to 34, including living on prostitution earnings, harboring women procured for prostitution and obstructing the course of justice.
Trang’s Singaporean husband named Quek Choon Leong, 34, also faces multiple related charges, but his trial will be delayed until September 17 so he can arrange childcare for their two children, aged 7 and 8.
According to the report, the couple ran the operation for about two years until their arrests in July 2013. They allegedly earned S$25,000 (US$17,834) to S$28,000 ($19,975) a month.
Trang, who first came to Singapore in 2005, initially provided accommodation for Vietnamese "hostesses" at rented premises in Geylang.
In 2011, she suggested to her husband that they manage the sex workers. This meant the women would hand over a share of their earnings in return for accommodation, food and help in extending their stay in the country.
Quek initially opposed the idea but he was then persuaded by Trang.
The couple had about 20 Vietnamese women working for them on a monthly basis.
Trang employed several helpers, including two agents in Vietnam, to recruit women for their ring. The women had to sign tenancy agreements and would incur a financial penalty if they broke any rules.
She also hired lookouts for law enforcement officers in Geylang so she could warn her workers.
A caretaker was also hired to provide massage, manicure, pedicure and hair-perming services to the workers.
A number of sex workers in the ring were arrested during police raids in 2012.