Public Prosecutor v Lorenzo Sharon Trinidad

CourtDistrict Court (Singapore)
JudgeSalina Bte Ishak
Judgment Date03 January 2014
Neutral Citation[2014] SGDC 5
Citation[2014] SGDC 5
Docket NumberDAC 14212 - 2013 & 19 Ors, Magistrate’s Appeal No 319 of 2013/01
Publication Date15 January 2014
Plaintiff CounselDPP Norman Teo, Attorney-General's Chambers
Defendant CounselMr Sankar Saminathan on behalf of SK Kumar Law Practice LLP
District Judge Salina Ishak: The Charges

The Accused, Ms Lorenzo Sharon Trinidad, female aged 31 years old had pleaded guilty to one charge out of the 20 charges against her. Essentially, the charge against her was that sometime in August 2012, in Singapore, she did abet by intentionally aiding one Govindaraju Sivakumar in a conspiracy to procure one Jessabeth Requirme Lastimado female: 27 years old, D.O.B: 21.12.1984, Philippines Passport No: EBXXXX981 for the purpose of prostitution within Singapore and in pursuance of the conspiracy, sometime in August 2012, she met Jessabeth Requirme Lastimado in the Philippines and obtained her agreement to work in Singapore under Section 140(1)(b) Women Charter (Cap 353, 2009 Rev Ed) read with Section 108A and Section 109 of the Penal Code (Cap 224, 2008 Rev Ed) in DAC 14212 – 2013.

The remaining 19 charges, namely: 1 charge of receiving into Singapore one Lampa Noraida Bariga, female 32 years old, at Singapore Changi International Airport, Singapore knowing that she had been procured for the purpose of prostitution within Singapore and with intent to aid such a purpose under Section 140(1)(d) Women Charter (Cap 353, 2009 Rev Ed); 2 charges of together with one Aro Sharon Samson in furtherance of their common intention, receiving into Singapore one Guzman Mary Grace Rodriguez, female 27 years old and Magtoto Archie Morales, female 21 years old at Singapore Changi International Airport, Singapore knowing that they had been procured for the purpose of prostitution within Singapore and with intent to aid such a purpose under Section 140(1)(d) Women Charter (Cap 353, 2009 Rev Ed) read with Section 34 of the Penal Code (Cap 224, 2008 Rev Ed); 2 charges of together with one Govindaraju Sivakumar in furtherance of their common intention, receiving into Singapore one Silva Jesse Re Montiman, female 24 years old and Adalin Denilyn Bigting, female 21 years old at Singapore Changi International Airport, Singapore knowing that they had been procured for the purpose of prostitution within Singapore and with intent to aid such a purpose under Section 140(1)(d) Women Charter (Cap 353, 2009 Rev Ed) read with Section 34 of the Penal Code (Cap 224, 2008 Rev Ed) 7 charges of abetting by intentionally aiding one Govindaraju Sivakumar in a conspiracy to procure 7 women, namely Lampa Noraida Bariga, female 32 years old, Espinosa Chona Taneo, female 22 years old, Evangeline Angulo Calubag, female 21 years old, Ollero Lalyn Manabat, female 27 years old, Aro Sharon Samson, female 32 years old, Rocacorba Cristine Joy Mendoza female 20 years old and Maderazo Rachelle Villanueva female 24 years old for the purpose of prostitution within Singapore and in pursuance of the conspiracy, she met or called the 7 women in the Philippines and obtained their agreement to work in Singapore under Section 140(1)(b) Women Charter (Cap 353, 2009 Rev Ed) read with Section 108A and Section 109 of the Penal Code (Cap 224, 2008 Rev Ed); 7 charges of abetting by intentionally aiding one Govindaraju Sivakumar in a conspiracy to procure 7 women, namely Carin Marjorie Tejor female 19 years, Guzman Mary Grace Rodriguez, female 27 years old, Magtoto Archie Morales, female 21 years old, Branggan Ferlie Ann female 21 years old, Silva Jesse Re Montiman, female 24 years old, Adalin Denilyn Bigting female 21 years old and Quizon Ruth Alanan, female 26 years old, for the purpose of prostitution within Singapore and in pursuance of the conspiracy, she arranged or called the 7 women from Singapore and obtained their agreement to work in Singapore under Section 140(1)(b) Women Charter (Cap 353, 2009 Rev Ed) read with Section 109 of the Penal Code (Cap 224, 2008 Rev Ed); were taken into consideration with her consent for the purpose of sentencing.

As the Statement of Facts (“Exhibit PS1”) that the Accused had admitted to was rather lengthy i.e. 15 pages long, only the essential facts are reproduced below.

Summary of Facts Background

On 14 November 2012, acting on information received CMU A Division conducted decoy operations at “Club Milagro” located at 18 Keong Saik Road, Singapore and arrested a total of 8 female Filipinas and two Singaporean staff Tay Wei Boon (“B3”), male aged 23 years and Zaraq Bin Malik (“B4”) male 30 years from the pub for suspected offence under the Women’s Charter (Cap 353, 2009 Rev Ed). Another female Filipina was arrested at Harbour Ville Hotel Room located at 512 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore after the decoy officer booked her out for sexual services in the hotel.

Prior to the raid conducted by CMU A Division, the police received a ‘Trafficking in Person’ complaint from the Philippines Embassy on 12 November 2012 that a female Filipina, one Adaline Denilyn Bigting was procured under deception to work as a prostitute in the Givande Pub. She claimed that she was supposed to work in Singapore as a public entertainer to accompany customers to drink and earn commission for the sale of “Ladies drinks”. However, during investigations, she revealed that prior to arriving in Singapore, she already knew that she would be required to work as a prostitute. In her statement, she mentioned that Chong Kien Meng (“B6”), male aged 40 years, the cashier of Givande pub did brief her about the bar fine system operating in the said pub and that the girls were required to provide sexual services to customers when the customers paid the ‘bar fine’ to bring them out. After working for two days, she ran away and reported the matter to the Philippines Embassy.

As such, the Specialised Crime Branch, CID (“SSB”) took over the investigations from A Division. On the same day, in the morning in the course of investigations, it was revealed that the co-accused, Govindaraju Sivakumar (“B1”), male aged 40 years and his wife, the Accused (“B2”) were also involved in the vice activities and they were placed under arrest when they came to the Central Police Division to hand over the passports of the arrested female Filipinas.

On 16 November 2012 at about 12.45 a.m. officers from SSB escorted B1 to Banyan Condominium located at No 3, Chwee Chian Road #03-01 Singapore to search the premises. The police retrieved 16 more passports of...

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