Police catch suspect who allegedly lured girls with fake jobs

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 March, 2012, 12:00am


A young policewoman has helped catch a suspected rapist in an undercover operation. The suspect is accused of luring girls to fake job interviews before attacking them.

Police were alerted about the case after a schoolgirl, 17, said she was raped over the weekend.

After the arrest, police found indecent photos of girls on the man's electronic devices. There may have been as many as 10 women and girls involved.

The suspect found his targets on online forums and lured them with the promise of well-paid work, police said.

'The victims were offered work in karaoke bars,' an officer said. 'They were told they were only required to drink and sing with customers, but promised they would receive HK$200 an hour or HK$800 a day.'

For the interview, the girls would be taken to a guest house or a short-time hotel where they were assaulted, the officer said.

The suspect was being held for questioning on Tuesday night and had not been charged. Police are asking other victims to contact officers at 2398 6268 or 2398 6200.

Mong Kok's deputy police commander, Superintendent Anna Tsang Yim-sheung, warned job-seekers to be realistic and careful, 'especially for high-paid jobs that do not require any skills, academic qualifications or work experience'.

She urged job-hunters to go with a companion to interviews if necessary.