A THAI woman who was invited to Hong Kong as a baby-sitter was taken to a hostel where she was sold to a man for $10,000, the District Court heard yesterday. Manthiya Deesom, 25, claimed that when she was in Thailand she was asked to come to work in Hong Kong as a baby-sitter for 12,000 baht (HK$3,750) a month. Prosecutor Paul Dinan said that on April 20 Ms Deesom was taken to a hostel where she was sold to a man for $10,000. She was then taken to an apartment and told to work as a prostitute. On April 23, the man took her to Lee Yuen villa, Tai Po Road, Shamshuipo, where she met Yuen Siu-mei, 43, the court was told. Mr Dinan said Ms Deesom saw Yuen hand money to the man. She was told to follow Yuen and provided sexual services to customers at the villa. On the same day, Teodora Lumibao, 25, was found in a room next to the villa during a police raid. She claimed she had been working as a prostitute at the villa since April 20. Ms Lumibao said she had not received money for her services but would be paid when it was time to go home. Under caution, Yuen was said to have admitted buying Ms Deesom for the purpose of prostitution. She said Ms Deesom had served about 10 customers, who paid $250 each. Yuen also admitted that Ms Lumibao had served about 20 customers and had yet to receive her share of the money. Ms Deesom gave statements to the police saying she was told she would not be paid for the first 150 customers. After that she would get $40 per customer. Yuen pleaded guilty to two counts of living on earnings from prostitution - on April 22 and April 23. She denied one count of false imprisonment and two counts of exercising control over a woman with a view to prostitution. The three charges were left on file. Deputy Judge Day sentenced her to four months' imprisonment. In mitigation, defence counsel Michael Delaney said Yuen had a clean record and had worked at the villa for 10 years.