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Sex worker jailed two weeks for cheating

SINGAPORE - THE transvestite met the American man at Orchard Towers in November 2010, and Puteri Amelia Yim agreed to provide sexual services for Mr Joshua Gross.

After the session, the former took the 28-year-old US national's credit card and went to Mustafa Centre, where he used it to buy $2,572.50 worth of items.

Puteri, 29, was sentenced to two weeks' jail on Monday on one count of cheating.

According to court documents, they met around 2am on Nov 21, 2010. Mr Gross appeared intoxicated when he asked Puteri for sexual services.

They then went to a Balestier motel, where Puteri got his hands on his victim's Citibank credit card. Puteri left the motel after providing the sexual service.

SINGAPORE: A young Malaysian couple have sparked a scandal in Singapore and Malaysia after posting a sexually explicit blog that challenges conservative values in both countries.

Alvin Tan, 24, a law student at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and his Malaysian girlfriend Vivian Lee, 23, have been denounced by critics over their X-rated blog called "Sumptuous Erotica".

In it the couple posted erotic photographs and videos of their lovemaking as well as close-ups of their genitals -- and despite an outcry remained unrepentant, claiming they had done no wrong.

Pornography is illegal in Singapore and Malaysia, with even men's magazines like Playboy and Penthouse banned.

In the blog, which went offline Tuesday -- but not before some images had been posted on other websites -- the couple declared that sex is a natural reproductive process that does not deserve the stigma attached to it.

The NUS confirmed Friday that it will question Tan at a disciplinary board hearing, with Singaporean netizens demanding his expulsion from the university and the cancellation of his government-funded scholarship.

"The University does not condone posting of offensive content online by any member of the NUS community," a spokesperson told AFP.

Singapore's education ministry, which administers scholarships, said in a statement emailed to AFP that it "takes a serious view of the conduct of the student concerned", and also branded the blog offensive.

Senior Malaysian officials have also waded into the fray after the blog became a hot issue in the country's media.

Information Minister Rais Yatim said Malaysia has "legal redress" under the Communications and Multimedia Act, which governs Internet content in the country.

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SINGAPORE: Private investigators said the online commercial sex trade is gaining prevalence in Singapore.

One private eye said the number of enquiries from individuals, who suspect their spouses are engaged in the trade, doubles each year.

At the red light district of Geylang, brothels and hotels line up the alleyways. But on the online sphere, all one needs to do is click a few buttons to seal an arrangement with a sex worker. The key differences are convenience and anonymity.

Such services are advertised on online forums, and potential customers take their pick from a spectrum of girls, armed with vital statistics and even a number to call.

After booking the services, the call centre notes it in a schedule, and customers can proceed to a designated hotel to complete the transaction.

One private investigation consultancy said the number of requests it receives to track spouses has doubled.

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