Confiscation of Immoral Earnings from Webmaster who Advertised Sexual Services
On 17 February 2016, 43-year-old Chue Chia Yong, was sentenced to an imprisonment term of 12 months and two weeks for living on the earnings of the prostitution of another person, possessing and transmitting obscene films, and using the benefits from criminal conduct. He was also ordered to pay a penalty of $20,217 for evading income tax. On 30 January 2018, Chue Chia Yong was further ordered to pay a sum of $305,748.83 for benefits that were believed to have been derived by him from his criminal conduct.
Investigations revealed that between 1 January 2014 and 18 December 2014, Chue operated the website, www.SGsexcapades.net, to advertise the sexual services of more than 130 women. He uploaded photographs of scantily clad women onto the website and charged each of them monthly advertising fees. From April 2014 to December 2014, Chue used part of his earnings amounting to $45,200 on the monthly rental of a condominium unit and loan repayment of a luxury car.
Further investigations by the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) revealed that Chue accumulated an unexplained wealth of $523,045.06 during the period under assessment. Chue’s total realisable assets, comprising his bank account balances and sales proceeds from his car, were in excess of $300,000. Upon his conviction, CAD sought a confiscation order against Chue to have his residual illegal assets forfeited on 30 January 2018.
The Police will not hesitate to take necessary action to have such benefits confiscated, to deny criminals of their ill-gotten gains.
Under Section 5(1) of the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act (Cap 65A, 2000 Rev Ed), any person who is convicted of a serious offence is subjected to have the benefits derived by him from criminal conduct confiscated.
In addition, anyone who contravenes the offence of knowingly living wholly or in part on the earnings of a prostitute can be jailed for up to five years and fined up to $10,000 and, any male person who is convicted of a second or subsequent offence shall, in addition to any term of imprisonment imposed in respect of such offence, be liable to caning.
Source: Singapore Police Force