3 women convicted on prostitution charges

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THREE women were each jailed for a month by the Magistrates’ Court yesterday after pleading guilty to acts of prostitution.

The defendants, two Indonesians and a Vietnamese national, were each charged under section 294A (1)(b) of the Penal Code.

The women were arrested following a raid by the Anti-Vice Unit on a house in STKRJ Sungai Buloh on November 28 at 6.50pm, acting on a public tip-off.

Police found KY jelly and condoms, which they believed were used during acts of prostitution.

The two Indonesian women charged each customer about $50 and $30 respectively for sexual services.

Some of the money they earned from prostitution they gave to local man Sohaili Hj Matali and Indonesian National Halimah for finding them customers.

The two women earned $200 and $280 respectively for providing sexual services in the two months they had been working as prostitutes.

Meanwhile, the court heard the Vietnamese national arrived in Brunei on November 26, when she met a man named Nguyen Thanh Trung, whom she new through his wife in Vietnam.

She knew that she would be providing sexual services while in Brunei.

On her first day in the country she earned $350 by charging customers $60 each for providing sexual services.

The next day, the defendant earned $250 before being arrested by the police.

The defendant admitted that Trung had provided her with KY jelly and six condoms for use when providing sexual services.

During sentencing yesterday, Senior Magistrate Pg Masni Pg Hj Bahar said a deterrent sentences were necessary and that the women would therefore be given custodial sentences.

The court ordered the defendants’ jail terms to be served from November 30, the day they were first remanded.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Thanh Trung, Sohaili and Halimah were jointly charged yesterday with hiring out the three women for prostitution.

The defendants are expected to enter their pleas during a further mention of the case next Tuesday.

Sohaili, who is represented by Defence Counsel Balendran Balasingam, has been released on $5,000 bail and one local surety, while Trung and Halimah have been further remanded at Jerudong Prison.

The Brunei Times