Two Chinese nationals and a Congolese official have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for recruiting Chinese women as prostitutes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, their lawyer announced on Saturday.
“My clients Ye Jingpeng and Lili Bin were sentenced overnight from Thursday to Friday to 10 years and three months in prison for pimping involving Chinese nationals and using false documents,” their lawyer Nicky Bayo told AFP.
“An official of the Congolese Ministry of Foreign Affairs was also sentenced to 10 years in prison for having issued courtesy visas without being able to do so,” said the lawyer.
“Eight illegal Chinese women were ordered to pay $ 1,000 each,” the lawyer said.
“23 other Chinese women were acquitted for lack of evidence,” said the lawyer.
In her summary, the prosecutor said the women received a regular salary and accused the two convicted Chinese nationals of “organizing the sexual exploitation of young Chinese women in several cities.”
One of the acquitted women said she received $ 500 a month as a waitress.
With a rare pimping trial in DR Congo, the case had garnered local media attention and social media commentary.