Two men were jailed yesterday - one for 30 months and the other for 40 months - for paying for sex with a 14-year-old boy. Madam Justice Maggie Poon Man-kay of the Court of First Instance told Lee Hon-wah, 35, and Yan Tsz-ho, 27, during sentencing that 'the court has the duty to protect children who are not mature enough' to know right from wrong. Poon said the court accepted that the defendants did not use violence and that money was involved but she also took into consideration the factors of public outrage and deterrence. The court was told that the boy had offered sexual services to the two men because he was in urgent need of money, and the boy admitted he took part in compensated dating. Lee had earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of gross indecency towards a child under 16 and denied a count of illegal homosexual buggery. On January 13, a jury acquitted him on the buggery charge but convicted him of an alternative charge of gross indecency towards a child under 16. Lee was sentenced to 30 months for the two offences, which took place in January and February last year, in a public toilet and at his home. Yan had pleaded guilty to two charges of illegal homosexual buggery and was jailed for 40 months. The court heard Yan committed one offence in September 2008 in a Mong Kok love hotel and the second offence in February last year at his home in Sha Tin. He paid the victim HK$600 each time. Yan became a homosexual while in high school, the court heard. He was unable to develop relationships with a woman because of a problem with his body odour, his lawyer claimed yesterday. The court was told that both defendants had experience in seeking sex partners through the internet but did not know each other. The victim came to know them through an internet chat room and offered them sex for money. A victim impact report revealed that psychological counselling was recommended for the teenager but it said he did not suffer trauma from the incidents, the court heard.