The Kaohsiung District Court yesterday sentenced two physicians and a former pharmaceutical salesman for having sex with dozens of underage girls.
Chen Che-wen (陳哲文), a 68-year-old former doctor at the Bureau of National Health Insurance’s outpatient clinic in Greater Kaohsiung, was sentenced to six years in prison; Wang Hung-gi (王宏吉), a 69-year-old physician, received a 17-year sentence; and Lin Chun-chang (林俊滄), a 65-year-old retired pharmaceutical salesman, was sentenced to seven years.
The ruling said that between 2008 and 2011, the trio had intercourse with 50 girls, most of whom were under 16 years old.
The ruling said the men had violated the Child and Youth Sexual Transaction Prevention Act (兒童及青少年性交易防治條例).
Wang, who received the heaviest sentence, had expressed no remorse for what he had done, the ruling added.
In August 2011, Chen was sentenced to 12 years by the district court on the same charge, while Lin was given nine years.
Greater Kaohsiung prosecutors pressed further charges after they identified additional victims.
Yesterday’s ruling said the thre men usually invited the girls to have meals or visit cafes and KTVs with them to start with, offering them money to do so.
Once they had built up trust, the men asked to touch the girls or take a bath with them in exchange for money, gradually persuading the girls to have sex with them. The offenses they committed took place in hotels or KTVs in Greater Kaohsiung.
The girls were told they would receive a NT$2,000 “fee” for introducing their friends to the men, the ruling said.
Chen was arrested in October 2010 after police tracked him to a motel in the then-Kaohsiung City, where he was having sex with a 17-year-old girl.
Police arrested Lin in another local hotel, as he was about to have sex with two 13-year-old girls.