Pimps behind bars after fleecing desperate women in Net swindle
Two pimps who preyed on young women desperate for money on social networking sites are behind bars awaiting sentence after a court heard they took at least half their victims' earnings for themselves.
Lee Po-ming and Wong Chi-yung, 20, who were convicted of nine prostitution-related offences, were remanded in custody until April 20.
The District Court heard they got one victim to service 18 customers in four days, giving her only HK$2,500 - a third of what she was promised and one-seventh of what they charged.
Lee developed a romantic relationship with a victim, gaining her trust before asking her to become a 'compensated dating girlfriend'.
He told her to provide sex to at least four men a day and she would receive HK$1,000.
Lee was convicted of three charges - causing prostitution, controlling persons involved in prostitution and living on the earnings of prostitution - to which he pleaded not guilty.
Wong pleaded guilty earlier to six similar charges.
The court heard that Wong and Lee persuaded two women, aged 18 and 20, to become prostitutes last year.
They touted for customers on online forums, charging them from HK$1,000 to HK$4,000 for sex.
The two men, who were responsible for arranging a venue for the encounters, took at least half the fee as commission.
Lee met a woman identified as Y, 18, on a social-networking site in March last year and they became lovers. In late March, after Y told Lee that she had financial problems since her father died, Lee suggested she take part in compensated dating.
Y would receive HK$1,000 if she could manage to provide sex to four customers in a day.
She earned about HK$100,000 in four months but quit because she felt guilty.
Another victim, identified as X, 21, provided sex services to 18 customers in four days but she was given just HK$2,500, HK$7,500 short of the agreed sum.
When she decided to quit, Wong and Lee persistently urged her to contact them and she reported the matter to police.
Adjourning the case, Deputy Judge Ada Yim Shun-yee called for training centre reports.