Former Paralympian jailed 38 months for procuring women for prostitution and child trafficking

By Tan Mei Mei
The New Paper
June 28, 2015

It was a job application and like any hiring exercise, they needed to fill up a questionnaire.

But it involved explicit questions about various sex acts they were willing to engage in.

It was for a social escort agency run by former para-athelete Adam Kamis, who would have sex with some of the applicants to try them out.

And yesterday, he was jailed 38 months for procuring women for prostitution and child trafficking offences under the Prevention of Human Trafficking Act.

Last Monday, Adam, 37, had pleaded guilty to 11 counts of procuring women for prostitution and one count of child trafficking.

Known as “Adam one-armed runner”, he had recruited 15 women into the vice trade and also got them to have sex with him in his Yishun flat.

He had crafted a three-page long questionnaire when recruiting them online.

It had 14 main questions which required the women to fill in their biodata and vital statistics like height, weight, and bra cup size.

The less explicit ones included whether they were open to kissing, petting, giving massages, showering with the client and role playing.

The women also had to indicate if they were able to meet and service clients in public places like parks, staircase landings, and vehicles.

The more explicit ones were not fit for publication in this newspaper.

Adam lost his right arm and had his left arm paralysed in a motorcycle accident in 2003.

The para-athlete, who competed in multiple international games, had done Singapore proud by winning gold in the men’s 1,500m at the 2009 Asean Para Games.

Court documents revealed that 34 women applied for the social escort job at agency SG Freelancers, which was set up by Adam because he was in debt.

But over the course of early 2013 and October 2015, Adam managed to secure only five clients and did not receive any commission.

His victims, whose ages ranged from 16 to 38, included students, a childcare teacher, a dental assistant, and a mother of two.

They cannot be named to protect their identities.

Posing as a freelance female escort, Adam recruited women via e-mail, Facebook messages and advertisements.

After indicating their interest, the women were asked to complete the questionnaire and submit photos of themselves fully-clothed and in lingerie.

Adam would invite them to his home for an interview, where he would introduce himself as a handler at the agency and brief them.

They then had to undergo a “verification” test —some of them multiple times— where he inspected their naked bodies and had sex with them to ensure they were willing to provide sexual services to clients.

If the women were still keen on joining the agency after the test, he would then advertise their services for them on various websites.

Adam’s wife, Ms Ally Kuan was present in court, accompanied by a man and woman.

She declined to speak to The New Paper, but was seen crying outside the courtroom following her husband’s sentencing.

The man, who identified himself as her counsellor and case worker, said she was upset over the sentencing and was worried about how Adam would fare in prison.

Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Sharmila Sripathy-Shanaz said in her submissions that while Adam’s condition would cause him some hardship in prison, the Singapore Prison Services had said they were able to manage him physically and mentally.

She also said Adam acted as a classic pimp whose recruitment process was detailed and meticulous and if the offences were left unaddressed, could have the potential to undermine the very social fabric of our society.

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