German Businessman Charged With Promoting Sex Tours Involving Minors in Singapore

A German businessman based in Singapore is now facing charges of promoting commercial sex tours abroad which involved under-aged girls.

On Wednesday Feb. 15, 45-year-old Michael Frank Hartung was charged with two counts of possession of eight uncensored films, two instances of possession of 245 obscene films and two counts of promoting sex tours.

Hartung may be sentenced with a 10-year jail time plus a fine upon conviction on the charges of promoting commercial sex tours alone, according to Channel News Asia.

The German national, who is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 28, is a permanent resident in Singapore. His LinkedIn profile stated that he graduated with an MBA from the University of Wales in Cardiff and was a co-founder of business consulting firm OPTIIS.

Hartung, who is out on SGD $15,000 bail (almost $10,600), is reportedly planning to contest the charges.

Court documents revealed that back in September 2015, Hartung met two Singaporean men to promote the sex tours at a local Starbucks outlet. The suspect also allegedly met two other Singaporean residents at a bar to promote the illegal tours.

Authorities arrested him following an investigation that led to a raid of his home at Simei Green condominium last August. Obscene materials, including a variety of uncensored films, were confiscated from his possession.

According to the Straits Times, Hartung is currently a partner at Erasig, business development company.

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