Two women who ran an illegal abortion clinic in Mongkok have been jailed after one of them provided a 16-year-old girl with drugs that caused her to miscarry. Li Yuen-man, 47, was sentenced to a year in prison on a charge of supplying a poison to procure an abortion, and to four months, to be served concurrently, for taking part in the management of the Sun Wah Gynaecology Clinic. Li's sister-in-law, Ching Pik-chu, was jailed for eight months after pleading guilty to running an unregistered clinic. It was the third time she had been convicted of a similar offence. The case stemmed from Li's treatment of the 16-year-old, who sought an abortion at the clinic in February 2002 after falling pregnant to her 18-year-old boyfriend. Li - who is qualified as a nurse on the mainland, but is not registered as such in Hong Kong - prescribed misoprostol, a drug used for treating gastric ulcers that is known to induce miscarriages. In sentencing the pair, Mr Justice Louis Tong Po-sun said there was sufficient evidence seized from the clinic to show the case was not an isolated incident. He did not accept there were mitigating factors, aside from the guilty pleas. 'The plea has saved much embarrassment to the girl, who would otherwise have had to testify in court,' he said. 'The seriousness of the case lies in the fact that the victim was a 16-year-old girl. '[Li] had no proper medical qualification in Hong Kong.' The judge noted the defendant had charged the girl $4,500 and began treatment after performing the most basic of medical check-ups. 'It was a reckless thing to do when [Li] had no knowledge of the overall health or mental condition of the girl,' he said. 'Clearly [Li's] primary concern was the fee, and for that she disregarded the welfare of this young girl.' Abortions can be performed in Hong Kong only if two registered medical practitioners agree the mother's life is at risk, the child is likely to be seriously disabled, the mother is under 16, or the pregnancy is the result of a reported rape.