- Jailed for paying teen girl for sex
- Wee’s e-mails on church improper, claims auditor
- Language abilities affected by culture
Two men were jailed 11 weeks each for commercial sex with an underage Chinese national who was forced into the flesh trade.
Drivers Wu Delong, 35, and Yang Dong, 36, both Chinese nationals, admitted to paying S$60 (RM155) each to the 17-year-old for her sexual services at Min Wah Hotel in Geylang in May.
The minor was brought to Singapore by her pimp, Tang Huisheng, 36, who has claimed trial to various vice-related charges, on May 16. They had flown here from Zhuhai, China.
While in Zhuhai, the minor was drugged by her pimp, who had sex with her while she was in a stupor.
He repeatedly asked her for sex and if she refused, he would beat her or threaten to do so. She complied out of fear.
When she found out that he was going to bring her to Singapore to be a prostitute, she refused and was locked up in a room for more than a week.
She injured her waist while trying to escape by jumping from the fifth floor unit. Both Tang and his sister caught hold of her and beat her up.
The court heard that Wu and Yang had asked the minor for her age and she replied she was 19. But they did not take any other steps to verify her age.
So far, 11 others have been jailed between 11 and 12 weeks for similar offences while sentencing on two others, who have been convicted, has been postponed.
The maximum penalty for commercial sex with a person under 18 is seven years and a fine. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network
An auditor testifying in the City Harvest Church trial said that certain practices described in e-mails written by accused Serina Wee were "improper", and mischaracterised advice he gave to the church. These include downplaying the close relationship the church had with related companies, for example by leaving out information in minutes of church meetings.
The prosecution had shown Foong Daw Ching, who has advised church members, several e-mails that Wee had written to the other five accused listing suggestions Foong purportedly gave to her about the accounting and disclosures of transactions between the church and related firms.
One e-mail in 2008 saw her describe "Bro Foong" as saying the church should not minute down everything that was explained about Xtron Productions to members at a extraordinary general meeting "so as not to show too close a relationship or control over (Xtron)".
But Foong denied he had given such advice. "Why would I, in my position, tell someone to do something that looks improper? It definitely did not come from me."
The prosecution believes the six accused had illegally funnelled church money to Xtron to fund Ho Yeow Sun's secular music career. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network
Teaching and learning two languages is affected by social and cultural developments, Minister of State for Education, and Communications and Information, Sim Ann said.
In Singapore, for instance, more are speaking English rather than their mother tongue languages at home and "this has resulted in varying levels of proficiencies and abilities among our students in their mother tongues when compared to students of the past", she said.
She was speaking at the East Asia Summit (EAS) conference on bilingualism, which was attended by some 200 policy-makers and educators from the 18 EAS participating countries. This included China, Japan and Australia. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network
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