Three Thai nationals jailed for pushing girl in flesh trade
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THREE Thai nationals were sentenced yesterday to prison sentences, fines and strokes of the cane for their roles in exploiting a 17-year-old girl for prostitution at the Intermediate Court.
Having pleaded guilty to the charges on the previous day, each defendant was sentenced to serve four years in prison by the presiding Judge Muhammed Faisal PDJLP DSP Hj Kefli
The 47-year-old female defendant, who is the aunt of the victim, was also imposed a $30,000 fine in default of which she would have to serve a 30-month prison sentence.
The two male defendants were each also imposed fines of $20,000 and $10,000 in default of which they would have to serve prison sentences of 20 months and 10 months, respectively.
Additionally, the male defendants were also sentenced to five and four strokes of the cane, respectively.
All the defendants indicated to the court that they would not be able to pay the fines and thus would have to serve their respective in default sentences.
The defendants had been arrested along with a Malaysian national who has since been convicted on March 9, 2016 at a house in Kg Jangsak in a raid by police officers from the Anti-Vice and Gambling Suppression Unit.
The underage victim, whose name is being withheld to protect her identity, had only arrived in the country four days prior to the raid.
Prior to that, the victim had asked her aunt for 13,000 Thai baht for her father who was involved in a car accident last year which left him with critical injuries.
The woman instead offered to help the victim engage in sexual services and the defendant facilitated the victim’s journey to Brunei from Thailand and also provided food and accommodation.
The male defendants had been tasked with seeking prospective clients who would pay to have sexual intercourse with the victim as well as transporting her to clients’ place.
The Brunei Times