Serial killer feared as third Hong Kong prostitute murdered

February 1st, 2009 - 12:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Hong Kong, Feb 1 (DPA) Police in Hong Kong were Sunday investigating whether a serial killer is behind the murders of three prostitutes in three weeks.The latest victim, a 38-year-old Thai prostitute, was found murdered in the flat where she worked in the city’s Kowloon district Saturday night.

The killing followed the murders of two other prostitutes who were found suffocated in apartments in other areas of the city Jan 10 and 11.

All three appeared to have been robbed and murdered by someone posing as a client and police said they were investigating if the same killer is behind all three cases.

Five of the 36 murders in Hong Kong last year involved the killing of prostitutes, a trend that has led welfare groups to call on the government to give sex workers greater protection against attack.

Current anti-prostitution laws in the former British colony mean women can be prosecuted if they work as prostitutes in an apartment together, but not if they work alone.

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