SINGAPORE - A convicted drug dealer that underwent a sex change operation avoided the punishment of caning because Singapore law does not allow women to be caned. However, the convict will still spend six years in prison.
Mongkon Pusuwan, a Thai prostitute, was convicted of drug trafficking. However, due to the amount of cocaine and ketamine she possessed, she does not qualify for Singapore's death penalty. Pusuwan had surgery to become a woman ten years earlier.
When arrested in December, Mongkon's passport identified her as a man. Due to medical report findings, the court declared her a female, allowing her to be spared the beating which male convicts commonly receive in such cases.