Heartland brothels at Balestier: male "mamasan" arrested just 15 days on the job!
Heavily in debt, he accepted a job as a vice operator, more commonly known as mamasan in Singapore, involved in prostitution in 2015 - he would be paid, and his debt would be covered in full by his benefactor from China, only known as “KK”.
Thus, from 14 to 28 December 2016, now 34-year-old Ng Wan Fu Ivan made seven to ten trips to deliver daily essentials such as food, condoms and lubricants to six Thai prostitutes working in two residential properties on Balestier Road.
He was paid $20 for each trip, and was tasked to maintain the places and check on the prostitutes’ welfare, as well as forward their earnings to KK.
Ng was sentenced to six months’ jail on Monday (12 Feb) for his role in managing a brothel and abetting the prostitution of individuals, after he and two prostitutes were arrested by the police at Loy Kee Chicken Rice along Balestier Road.
The vice operation included runners collecting money, as well as a chain of command that required “international cooperation” of authorities to be thwarted.
For example, authorities were unable to trace phone lines used in the vice operation.
According to Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Chan Yi Cheng, Ng’s actions contributed “significantly” to the syndicate’s activities.
He was also aware that the sex workers came from abroad, even though he was not involved in their procurement, Chan said.
Ng’s lawyer Wee Hong Shern asked for a lighter sentence of three months, as Ng did not receive any earnings from the prostitutes and his role, while significant, was an “easily replaceable” one.
He is also “truly remorseful for his wrongdoings,” Wee added.
Ng’s sentence begins on 1 March, and his bail is currently set at $15,000.
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