Exec sentenced to three years' prison for child prostitution
By Annie Yang, Special to The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The general manager of an agricultural enterprise was convicted of child prostitution yesterday and sentenced to three year and six months in prison.
August 21, 2013, 3:26 pm TWN
The man, surnamed Lee, had sexual intercourse with a bar girl who was only 11 years old.
The girl from a wealthy family worked as a bar girl in 2010 after disagreeing with her father's methods of disciplining her, and had sexual intercourse with a 52-year-old patron for a NT$100,000 Chanel bag, according to the court.
The then-elementary school student, who looks mature beyond her age, worked in a bar in Kaohsiung in the summer of 2012 at the age of 11. The rebellious behavior grew out of dissatisfaction with her father's stern parenting, according to court documents.
Lai, a general manager for an agricultural company, claimed that he did not know she was under 18.
“She does look mature. Everyone is shocked to know that she is only 11,” stated the squad leader of the Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Brigade of the Kaohsiung City Police Department.
According to the court, the child has been raised in a single-parent family by her father, who usually spends more time at work, providing his daughter with excessive money and material support to compensate for his absence.
The girl declared that the patron bought her the Chanel bag at the Hanshin Department Store on July 22, 2010 as a gift for her first sexual liaison with him.
Lai argued he did not realize the she was only a “child” given her mature features and use of heavy makeup.
In addition, he said she claimed to study English at Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages.
However, as stated by the Taiwan High Court Kaohsiung Branch Court, it is impossible for a 50-year-old man who has lengthy experience in commerce and also raises a 14-year-old girl to not recognize the bar girl was only a child.