A Sars widow was jailed for eight months yesterday for trying to arrange for an undercover policewoman to become a prostitute in New Zealand. Suen Hung, 48, burst into tears as a District Court judge sentenced her on a charge of attempting to cause prostitution of another person, which she admitted. A charge of attempting to traffic a person outside Hong Kong was left on the court file. The court heard Suen had been in financial difficulty since her husband died of Sars in 2003 and had gone into prostitution herself to augment her welfare payments and support her son on the mainland. Prosecutor Ronald Mayne said that on May 28, 2007, a recruitment advertisement appeared in a Chinese-language newspaper stating: 'Quick money in Australia, New Zealand. No Age Limit. 92008787.' Posing as a prostitute, the policewoman called the number and Suen answered. They met the next day, when Suen told the officer she could make HK$30,000 to HK$40,000 a month selling herself for sex in New Zealand. She asked for a HK$2,000 introduction fee and told the officer she would have to pay her own fare. Two days later, Suen took the officer to a travel agency to arrange the flight. More than a week later, the two met in a park in Kwun Tong where Suen asked for the introduction fee and said she would call her boss in New Zealand. Suen was arrested when the officer gave her the money. She was granted police bail, but absconded in May last year. She was arrested on arrival at the airport in March this year, Mr Mayne said, without disclosing where she had come from. In mitigation, barrister Ody Lai said Suen, formerly a nurse in a Shenzhen hospital, had been a care worker in a home for the elderly after her husband died, earning HK$7,000 a month, but had to quit after suffering from an ear problem. She applied for welfare but the payment of HK$1,600 a month was not enough to live on and support her son, who lived with his grandmother in Beijing, so she became a prostitute. In sentencing, Judge Patrick Li Hon-leung said the international element of the offence was an aggravating factor but there was no evidence that a syndicate was involved.