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Published On: Fri, Sep 6th, 2013

Underage sex trafficking crackdown in Singapore nets five Chinese nationals

Five Chinese nationals were charged in a Singapore court Friday following the city-state’s latest crackdown on underage prostitution.

The men, aged between 35 and 42, allegedly paid the 17-year-old girl $47 each for sexual services in May.

Fourteen Singaporean men, including two septuagenarians, were charged in court on Wednesday for procuring the services of the same girl, whose identity and nationality cannot be disclosed.

While prostitution is legal in Singapore, paying for sex with a girl under the age of 18 is a crime punishable by up to seven years in jail, a fine, or both.

Back in 2012, 51 local and foreign men including a Swiss ex-banker were charged with having sex with a 17-year-old call girl in 2010 and 2011. Most have served jail terms.

Singapore has long been perceived as a conservative, even prudish by other Asian countries, society but it has a thriving sex industry dating back to its beginnings as a key trading port of the British empire.

 Sex trafficking victims are generally found in dire circumstances and easily targeted by traffickers. Individuals, circumstances, and situations vulnerable to traffickers include homeless individuals, runaway teens, displaced homemakers, refugees, job seekers, tourists, kidnap victims and drug addicts.

The industry generates billions and billions globally, representing a growing problem to the civilized world.

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