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Police arrest two more suspects in prostitution ring

Suspects, one of whom worked for Macao’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, moderated ring’s website, receiving up to MOP 800 for each session.

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Suspects, one of whom worked for Macao’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, moderated ring’s website, receiving up to MOP 800 for each session.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 12:31 am

Police have arrested two more suspects – a civil servant and a restaurant manager – who were part of a MOP 12 million prostitution ring which was broken up last February.

Judiciary Police (PJ) spokesman Lou Chan Fai said that the 58-year-old suspect, surnamed Ng, has been a civil servant since 1992. The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau acknowledged yesterday that Ng works in the bureau, adding that he has been placed on temporary suspension and disciplinary proceedings have been launched.

Lou identified the other suspect as a 38-year-old local restaurant manager surnamed Ku.

According to Lou, the PJ broke up a gang which operated a website to advertise prostitution services and attract clients last February. After investigation, the police identified two more suspects, Ng and Ku, as the “moderators” of the website. They were arrested separately in their flats on Monday.

Under questioning, both suspects admitted to the crime and said that they were tasked with “moderating” the discussion forums of the website, such as setting up regulations for forums and banning users over violations.

Ng confessed that he had been part of the syndicate for 10 years, adding that he had received “several” remunerations of MOP 500-800 each time. Both suspects said they know the syndicate’s mastermind surnamed Ao Ieong, who was arrested last year, and he persuaded them to work for the gang, but they refused to reveal the total amount of money Ao Ieong had paid them over the years.

Ng and Ku were transferred to the Public Prosecutions Office yesterday, facing charges of organised crime and controlling prostitutes, The Macau Post Daily reported.

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 12:31 am

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