Monday, April 23, 2012

Where's The PR?

The biggest story currently in Singapore is a high-profile sex scandal that has send over 48 men to court. All the men are been charged for having sex with an underage prostitute.

However the main question asked by Singaporeans is not about the men but on the prostitute. The thing is that in Singapore, prostitution is legal if you are above 18. The girl is believed to be 17 when the alleged offences took place between September 2010 and February 2011.

The girl in question worked for a now defunct online prostitution website where she lied about her age. Many Singaporeans are openly wondering why these men are being charged in court when it was the girl (or her pimp) who lied. They feel it is unfair for the girl to get away with this.

Personally, I think it a little funny for people to blame the girl. Yes, she did lie about her age but that’s hardly a crime by law. The problem I think is not on the girl, but on the prosecution. To put it simply, the prosecution has not covered themselves in glory.

When the case first broke, it was reported that the men would be charge for having sex with an underage girl. Not an underage prostitute but an underage girl! I remember this clearly because that’s why the case got so much attention in the first place.

However when the first few men were charged, the charges read out in court were missing details like the girl’s name and her age. Needless to say, the defense consuls were up in arms. Next thing we know, the charges were “amended” and suddenly Singaporeans were told the men were been charged with having sex with an underage prostitute.

Seriously, what in the world was the prosecution thinking? That was such a silly mistake to make it was practically unbelievable. I mean do they truly believe the defense would not question them on the age of the girl? The prosecution should have come out in public to clear up the matter on the girl’s age the moment news reports has the girl being underage. How about a little PR here? There’s a lot of difference between having sex with an underage girl and having sex with an underage prostitute. The prosecution should have never allowed the confusion to take hold.

Now that the charges have been “amended”, the case against the 48 men suddenly sounds less terrible and I believe that’s why there is a public backlash against the young girl. This should have never happened and it wouldn’t happen if the prosecution has cleared up the whole issue quickly!

The 48 men would probably be found guilty, but because of the prosecution, suddenly these men find that the news is not on them but on the victim. For that, they need to say a big “thank you” to the prosecution.


Anonymous said...

What has that got to do with PR?
But everything to do with judiciary integrity in the law of court!! Where is the professionalism?!!

Ghost said...

It's PR becuase technically the prosecution didn't do anything wrong. They can amend the charges as they see fit. This is Singapore after all. However I beleive the confusion on the amend charges is what is causing the public backlash again the girl. Liar or not, in the eye of the law, she is the victim here.