SINGAPORE — A woman who was caught providing sexual services to a customer in a condominium during the COVID-19 circuit breaker period was fined $7,000 on Wednesday (3 June).
Cheng Fengzhao, a 37-year-old Chinese national, pleaded guilty to one count of letting a 51-year-old Singaporean man into her residence without reasonable excuse to provide him massage and masturbation services for $100.
Another count of letting in the same customer – a regular client – on an earlier occasion (19 April) for the same purpose was taken into consideration for sentencing.
While Cheng was a work permit holder, she never reported to work with her supposed employer. Instead, she paid a monthly fee to unknown individuals to help advertise her sex services on various websites.
She would also pay a room rental of $100 per day to an unknown man every 10 days.
Police raid on condo compound on 5 May
On 5 May, at about 3pm, a group of police officers conducted a raid at the condominium for vice-related offences. They observed Cheng’s customer walking into the condominium compound, and entering her unit.
Some 52 minutes later, when the door of the unit was opened to allow the customer to leave the unit, the police officers identified themselves.
They searched the unit and found another sex worker. Another male customer who had arranged to meet this particular worker rang the unit’s intercom as the police were around, and was let into the condominium compound and unit by the officers.
Cheng admitted to allowing her customer to enter her unit for sexual services charged at $100. She also confessed that the man was a regular customer, and to knowing that she was not permitted to allow individuals in during the circuit breaker period.
Not the first case
Cheng was not the first to be heard in court with for providing massage and sexual services during the period of enhanced safe distancing measures.
A Singaporean, Jin Yin, was charged on 29 April for keeping her salon – In-Style Beauty Salon at 34 Upper Cross Street – open and allowing a 67-year-old man to enter for massage and sexual services on 10 April.
During the circuit breaker period, which began on 7 April, businesses providing non-essential services such as massages were ordered to close. Jin, 55, allegedly charged the customer $150 for the services. Her case has been fixed for a plead guilty mention on 10 June.
For contravening the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020, Cheng could have been jailed up to six months and/or fined up to $10,000 on a first offence.
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