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Pinay pleads guilty to online pimping conspiracy

27 September 2019

Gallego will be sentenced at the District Court for conspiring to live off the earnings of prostitutes

One of the two Filipina domestic workers accused of conspiring with their female employer to live on the earnings of prostitutes has pleaded guilty to the charge and will be sentenced on Oct. 29.

The prosecution disclosed Jeanette Gallego’s decision to admit the offence during a hearing of the case at the District Court on Sept 26.
Her co-worker, Joan Palpal-latoc, is also set to plead guilty to the conspiracy charge, her lawyer said, but she and the employer will not admit a second charge of laundering $14.85 million allegedly earned from the sex booking service based in Mid-Levels.

Accused with Gallego, 47 and Palpal-latoc, 44, is their employer, Heidi Wong Pui-ting, 69, who allegedly run the operation from her flat in the luxurious Tavistock II residential tower on Tregunter Path.
Muhammad Shah, counsel for both Wong and Palpal-latoc, said the maid was also ready to plead guilty to the charge of “conspiring to live on the earnings of prostitutes.”

All the accused are out on bail.

The prosecutor proposed a trial to be held after 12 months, when his team expects to have received and examined Treasury records of suspected earnings from the operation that went into two bank accounts of Wong.

But JudgeW.K.  Kwok said that would be a long wait, as the case was already over a year old.

Shah also pressed for an earlier trial, saying Palpal-latoc and Gallego have been jobless for more than a year now, and are only living on charity from friends in the Consulate’s shelter.

Judge Kwok ordered Wong and Palpal-latoc to return to the court on Nov 28 for possible updates on their case.

The three were arrested on May 17 last year  along with Wong’s elder sister and a male relative during a police raid.

Wong was allegedly the mastermind. Palpa-latoc and Gallego, who were hired as domestic helpers, were caught manning terminals with several dating websites that offered sex for a high fee and taking orders from prospective foreign clients.

The prosecution further charged that between Jan 1, 2010 and May 15, 2018, Wong and Palpal-latoc had kept money suspected to have been earned from the online prostitution ring in Wong’s HSBC account. – Vir B. Lumicao
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