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Underage girl beaten when she refused to have sex with customer

April 18, 2012 - 1:31am

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PHOTO: ST File

She was 17 when her virginity was sold for $1,500. It hurt and she refused to continue working. But her pimp physically abused her and the girl was forced to have sex with another customer.

Even though the Vietnamese girl arrived in Singapore in October 2008 knowing she was going to work as a hostess and a prostitute, women's rights groups said her consent is irrelevant since she is underage. She is a victim of trafficking.

The groups called for greater urgency in implementing the Palermo Protocol, which makes child trafficking a crime whether or not the child ends up as a sex worker.

MP Edwin Tong agreed that there is a pressing need for its implementation, but added that there is a need to be thorough as well, hence the need for more time.

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