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    Jun 21, 2016

    Para-athlete guilty of recruiting prostitutes

    AFTER several women expressed an interest in working as social escorts for an agency he set up, a national para-athlete got them to perform sexual acts and have sex with him in his Yi-shun flat.

    Adam Kamis, better known as the "one-armed runner", would conduct "verification" sessions, where he asked them to strip so he could inspect their bodies.

    He then asked them to provide him with sexual services that they would offer to clients.

    Yesterday, the 37-year-old motivational speaker was convicted of 12 charges - two counts of procuring a woman for prostitution, nine counts of trying to procure a woman for prostitution, and one of recruiting a child for sexual exploitation.

    Adam, who lost his right arm and paralysed his left in a motorcycle accident in 2003, represented Singapore in track and field at the Commonwealth Games and Asean Para Games. He clinched a gold in the men's 1,500m at the 2009 Asean Para Games.

    Deputy Public Prosecutor Sharmila Sripathy-Shanaz said Adam was in debt when he set up a social escort agency, SG Freelancers, in early 2013.

    To recruit women for his one-man enterprise, he passed himself off as a social escort working for the agency.

    In his message to random women on Facebook, he offered them a chance to earn up to $1,000 per assignment.

    If the women expressed continued interest in the job, he would ask them to complete a questionnaire and send photographs to his e-mail account.

    They would then go to his Yishun flat for a "verification" session.

    Some who did not perform satisfactorily - like being "too slow'' or "too stiff'' - were told to return for further "verification".

    He would later create an online profile for the women on Craigslist and Locanto to advertise their services.

    Evidence was obtained from 34 women who had responded to his advertisements.

    Though he recruited 15 women during his 21/2-year operation, he managed to secure only five clients.

    He has not received any commission to date, said the DPP.

    The court heard that a 16-year-old student went to Adam's flat for an interview on April 21 last year.

    He told her to charge her customers $500 an hour. A 50 per cent commission would be paid to the agency.

    After inspecting her body, he said he needed to test her sexual skills though she was reluctant. He assured her that the job was legal as his company had a licence. Before she left, he had unprotected sex with her.

    DPP Sharmila is seeking a total sentence of 38 months while Adam's lawyer Ravinderpal Singh has asked for a lower jail term on account of the hardship that his client will suffer in prison.

    District Judge Lim Keng Yeow will sentence Adam on June 27.