SINGAPORE: Ten men have been charged in court with having commercial sex with an underage escort.
They are technicians Dzul Hilmie Ramli, 32, Muhammad Sufyan Misbari, 31, Mohamed Yazid Bashir, 28, driver Babu Suppiah, 32, supervisor Sudirman Yuri, 38, National serviceman Abu Shah Mohamed Abdul Mutalif, 22, bell hop Muhammad Ibrahim, 24, Myanmar national Lu Maw, 33, financial consultant Khoo Yi Xuan, 24, and Alvin Tan Zi Yu, 32, who is unemployed.
Each man faces one charge of paid sex with the social escort.
The girl, who was 16 at the time of the offences, cannot be named due to a gag order. It is understood that she is currently studying. It is an offence under the law to have commercial sex with someone under 18 years old.
Court documents state that the offences allegedly took place between October last year and March this year. The men paid the escort between S$180 and S$400 for her services, which took place in hotels islandwide.
Of the 10, four have indicated that they will be pleading guilty while three have claimed trial.
Each accused can be jailed up to seven years and fined if convicted.
Two other men implicated in the case are expected to be charged as well.
The court heard that one of them, American Payton Scott Velo, 44, attempted suicide on Tuesday. He has been warded at the Institute of Mental Health.
Channel NewsAsia understands that the case was uncovered when the pimp, Malcolm Graham Head, was arrested for robbery along with four accomplices.
The accomplices are Veronica Patricia Rio, 18, Ahmad Habiibul Hakim Assalafi, 19, Nuurul Aliyyah Abdul Talib, 23, and Nur Azilah Ithnin, 21.
Head, 32, was charged in court in March with robbery and vice-related offences.
Head faces 41 charges, 29 of which are for managing a brothel, procuring women for prostitution, and living on their earnings.
The other charges include robbery, causing hurt, traffic and drug offences.
Head has claimed trial. His case will be mentioned on 10 July.