Woman jailed for running local social escort business that earned her $108,000

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SINGAPORE — A woman recruited seven Singaporean women as social escorts, and earned a total of $108,000 in profit across two years.

Eunice Leow Ye Chian, 34, had averaged $4,500 in monthly income solely from her escort business, which required the seven escorts, aged between 28 and 35, to sleep with male clients.

Leow was jailed one year and two months and fined $4,700 on Thursday (26 March) after she pleaded guilty to two counts of procuring a woman for prostitution, two counts of knowingly living in part on prostitution earnings and one count of facilitating the provision of sexual services in return for payment.

Six charges of a similar nature were taken into account for sentencing.

Turned to adult forum for tips

In mid-2017, Leow decided to start an escort business for income. She turned to an adult forum for tips and decided to recruit Singaporean girls to “provide companionship to customers”. This included sex.

Leow first recruited her friend, Gina, and subsequently hired others based on recommendations for a total of seven escorts. Leow would use their photographs to liaise with customers, whom she mostly met at her work at KTV joints.

Leow would communicate with escorts and customers through WhatsApp or in person. Once a deal was made, she would instruct clients to book a hotel room and provide her with the details before relaying them to escorts.

Customers were usually charged between $1,000 and $3,000 per hour, while escorts were promised between $500 and $2,000 per assignment, with Leow taking a 20 to 40 per cent cut.

Worked with partner to secure customers

Leow worked with a partner, Chong Jun Wee, known to her as Jovin, to secure customers. If he secured clients for Leow’s escorts, she would share her earnings with him, and vice versa.

From the start of her business in mid-2017, Leow earned about a total of $108,000, averaging $4,500 per month. She spent most of the money on her family and on cigarettes, alcohol, food, and travelling. She was not employed elsewhere.

The Specialised Crime Branch (SCB) of Criminal Investigation Department received information about Leow’s illegal work, and conducted an anti-vice raid at Hotel Royal along Newton Road on 17 July last year.

Leow and two other escorts were arrested during the raid.

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