It’s usually men who prey on women, but in the case of Heng Li Ying, 29, she secretly filmed female victims in changing rooms and sold the videos on a website.
- Started discussion thread ‘Changing room peektures’ on online sex forum
- Advertised for sale videos of her victims nude or in various stages of nudity
- Sold videos at 10 to 20 cents per second footage, with other free videos thrown in
- Earned $1,540, and 30 weeks in jail
Heng pleased guilty to three counts of intruding into the privacy of a Caucasian woman and two unidentified women at the True Fitness outlet at Suntec City Mall in Singapore in April 2014. The videos of the women either nude or in various stages of nudity were advertised for sale on Sammyboy, an online sex forum that allows users to post and exchange explicit material.
Heng started a discussion thread labelled ‘Changing room peektures’ to advertise the videos for sale at 10 to 20 cents per second of footage. To sweeten the deal for buyers, she offered extra videos with each purchase.
Potential buyers would send Heng messages on the forum to express their interest in purchasing, after which they would transfer payment to her bank account. Then she would deliver the videos to purchasers via download links.
She reportedly earned a minimum of $1,540 in about five months selling the videos to at least 22 people. The duration of the videos was from under a minute to almost two minutes.
Heng was arrested after True Fitness lodged a report, alerting police to the offensive footage of its customers online.
A National University of Singapore graduate, Heng was sentenced to 30 weeks in jail.
Two other similar charges, as well as one of having 23 pornographic films, were considered during her sentencing. She could have been jailed for up to one year and fined on each charge.
Heng’s lawyer said his client had been unable to secure a permanent job for seven years and was genuinely remorseful. Pleading for leniency, he said she had apologised to the victims for her wrongful actions.