Two gay Filipinos who entered as tourists in Hong Kong, were each sentenced to two months in jail after they both pleaded guilty to charges of soliciting sex and breaching immigration rules, according to The SUN.
The defendants Prince Galabin, 20, and Egypt Nacion, 28, both unemployed, were handed the jail terms by Magistrate Bina Chainrai.
The duo appeared along with a third Filipino, Stephen Mark Polines, 28, before the Eastern Court. However, only Galabin and Nacion pleaded guilty to one count each of “soliciting for an immoral purpose” and “breach of condition of stay.”
The pair were sentenced each to two months in jail for each offence, to be served concurrently.
Polines was ordered to return to Eastern Court at a later date.
Prosecution records indicate that the three were arrested in separate anti-street prostitution operations conducted by Hong Kong Police in Wan Chai, the city’s red light district, on the night of August 8 and 9.
Galabin approached police undercover agent David Neil Bennet as the officer, posing as a sex customer, stood at the corner of Luard Road and Jaffe Road at 10:29pm on Aug 8, the report said.
The Filipino offered the undercover police officer services for HK$2,000 to which the latter agreed. Galabin invited him to his room in Holiday Inn Express in Causeway Bay. Upon entering the hotel room, the customer identified himself as an officer and promptly arrested Galabin for soliciting.
After turning Galabin over to his team, Bennet went back to his post at the same street corner in Wanchai. At 12:17am on Aug 9, he was approached by Nacion, who chatted with him and also offered him sex for HK$2,000. The police officer took the offer and was brought to the same hotel. The undercover agent likewise arrested Nacion for soliciting.
Polines was arrested on the same night after he also invited Bennet to the same hotel for sex at the same price.
Galabin, Nacion and Polines were also charged with breaching their condition of stay when their passports showed they were in Hong Kong as tourists. Galabin arrived on Aug 3, Nacion on Aug 1 and Polines on Aug 8.