Three people who forced an underage girl into prostitution after luring her to the city from her hometown in Shaanxi province were sentenced to prison terms between 6 and a half years to 11 years yesterday, the Baoshan District People’s court said.
The girl, described as being under 14 years old, was brought to Shanghai under false pretenses by a prostitute named Yang Daiyan, who operated out of a noodle shop on Songbin Road in the Baoshan district, according to Shanghai Daily.
Yang and her boyfriend, Tan Qiansheng, met the vagrant girl in Shaanxi and talked her into coming to Shanghai with prospects of a job offer at a supermarket that paid 3,000 yuan a month.
But on their arrival in the city, Yang told the girl the truth about what they wanted her to do. When the youngster refused, the couple took her ID card and locked her in a house in Jiading District.
They also beat her with a belt, forced her to watch pornographic videos and even had sex in front of her, the court heard.
Under mounting pressure, the girl eventually conceded and began working as a prostitute.
The noodle shop owner, Ding Guangbin, had arranged for the girl to provide sex services for 50 to 100 yuan per customer in a warehouse behind his eatery and at nearby hostels between December 2012 and April 2013, until the girl escaped and told police what had happened. All three of the adults involved were apprehended the following July.
In a case from November, a local woman was charged for forcing her 12-year-old daughter into prostitution, telling customers that she was 16. The woman was caught during a raid on her house after one man had reportedly paid 130 yuan to have sex with the girl.
A number of underage sex scandals reported in China last year led to public outrage over “weak” laws surrounding the subject. According to Radio Free Asia, sex with a person under 14, with or without consent, was deemed rape until 1997, when the Sex Crimes Against Girls Law was introduced. The law says that defendants can plead ignorance of a child’s age and any crimes under the law carry a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, compared to the pre-existing rape legislation’s maximum penalty of death.
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