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Prostitution: Jail, fine for single mum

12th August, 2020

KOTA KINABALU: A single mother from Sandakan who came to the city to look for a job ended up with one month’s jail and fined RM1,000 in default two months’ jail for soliciting for the purpose of prostitution.

Rosyati Abd Rashid, 33, who appeared before Magistrate Lovely Natasha Charles, admitted to committing the offence on May 17 at 3.25pm at a premise in Warisan Square, near here.

She was convicted under Section 372B of the Penal Code which provides imprisonment for a term up to one year or a fine, or both.

According to the facts of the case, upon a tip off, a police team through “Ops Noda” raided the premise and upon arrival, found the woman was inside a room with a man.

The police team then arrested the accused and confiscated several items suspected of being used for the prostitution activity.

Further investigation revealed that the client was offered sex through the MiChat app. The client also disclosed during the raid he had received sex service from the accused for RM300.

During mitigation, the unrepresented accused asked for a lenient sentence, saying among other things that she is a single mother with a child to look after. She also told the court that she is from Sandakan and went to Kota Kinabalu to look for a job.

Inspector Zamri Zakaria who prosecuted the case urged for an appropriate sentence as a lesson to the accused and the public at large not to commit the crime. –ECA

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