Prostitute may be next to be caned in Terengganu

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Less than a month after two females were caned for attempting to have sexual relations, another woman could face the same fate after pleading guilty to a prostitution charge.

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The 30-year-old divorcee pleaded guilty at the Syariah High Court here for preparing to offer sexual services at a hotel.

According to the statement of facts, the woman was wearing a sleeveless nightgown when she was with a man inside a hotel room during a raid by the Terengganu Religious Affairs Department around 11.45pm on Sept 17.

It is believed the woman was offering sexual services for between RM300 and RM3,000, but only received RM100 from her client that night.

The woman was charged under Section 25 of the Syariah Criminal Offences (Takzir) Enactment 2001 under which she could be sentenced to a prison term of not more than three years, or fined not more than RM5,000, or caned no more than six times, or any combination of the punishment.

Judge Rosdi Harun offered a chance for the woman, who is a single mother to a seven-year-old daughter, to plead for a lighter sentence as she said could not afford the fine.

She told Rosdi that she had not received any financial support from her former husband since they divorced seven years ago.

The court set Thursday to decide on the punishment.

The woman was released on bail of RM3,000 in two sureties while she awaits her sentence.

On Sept 3, two women were caned six times each at the Syariah High Court for attempting to have sexual relations inside a car in Dungun in August. – The Star