Sun. Dec 15th, 2019

Jury says Chinese woman guilty of prostitution

A Chinese woman was found guilty of prostitution, promoting prostitution, working without permit, and being an undesirable alien in a jury trial held March 8.

Chinese national, Yuqin Xiao, who faced several felony charges along with her Palauan partner Benito Obak, is set for a sentencing hearing on April 12 at 8:30am after the jury found her guilty of the three charges.

The jury, however, said defendant Yuqin Xiao is not guilty of other charges lodged against her namely Labor Trafficking in the first degree, Labor Trafficking in the second degree, People Trafficking, and Exploiting a Trafficked Person.

Island Times previously reported that the Anti-Human Trafficking Office received a complaint from two Chinese women last year who alleged that they worked for a massage parlor called Good Mood Massage Parlor owned by defendant Yuqin Xiao who told them during their first time at work that she earned more money by providing sex services to customers.

It was, however, reported that record from the Social Security Administration registers Yuqin Xiao was just a paid worker under the massage parlor.

The complainants also said that they were allegedly threatened by Yuqin Xiao that their work permits will be terminated if they did not provide sex services to customers. They also claimed that the defendant herself was providing sex services.

It was also stated in our previous report that Yuqin Xiao was convicted of Bribery in 2017 and was declared an undesirable alien by President Tommy Remengesau, Jr.

Meanwhile, the charges filed against Obak are still pending trial at the court. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)