Serial robber of Hong Kong prostitutes is jailed for nine years
A jobless Hong Kong man who repeatedly slept
with prostitutes and then tied them up and robbed them began serving a
nine-year jail term Saturday, dpa reported.
Chong Kwonk-hung, 24, stole hundreds of dollars from four prostitutes he slept with between October 2006 and June last year, Hong Kong's High Court was told.
He tied up his victims with tape, threatening one of them with a knife, and then ordered them to hand over money to him before fleeing the apartments where all four women worked alone.
Chong was eventually caught when police identified his DNA on a glass in which one of his victims had given him water to drink before he robbed her, Saturday's South China Morning Post reported.
Chong admitted four charges of robbery and was jailed for nine years by judge Derek Pang at a hearing Friday. He denied two further charges of robbery, also on prostitutes, which were left on file.
The case brought calls from prostitutes working in Hong Kong for greater police protection from attackers. Groups representing sex workers say prostitutes are vulnerable because most work alone.
Four prostitutes were murdered in the space of three days last year. A Pakistani suspect was later arrested and charged with three of the killings. dpa hp tl