Out of the seven convicts, three still serve the sentences, unable to pay thrimthue while the main culprit has to serve 3-years imprisonment for illegal sale of tobacco products.
Pema Gyelmo, 46, divorcee and a mother of five children from Paro was convicted for two years and two months for the offence of promoting prostitution. The court also pronounced an additional three years of imprisonment for possession of tobacco products.
This was the verdict passed by the Paro Dzongkhag court on 16 October.
However, Pema Gyelmo paid thrimthue for her prison term of two years and two months but has to serve three years which is a non-bailable offence for smuggling tobacco products.
Along with her, Mani Wangmo, 31, a divorcee with a daughter from Trashiyangtse, Ita Maya Subba, 30, mother of three, divorced and re-married from Tsirang also received prison terms of a year and a month each.
Lamkey, 32, mother of five, from Dopshari, Paro, Gaki, 28, mother of a daughter, from Shaba, Paro, divorced and re-married and Sonam Wangzom, 26, married with three children from Lhuentse all got a prison term of one year and a month.
From the group Lamkey and Mani Wangmo could not pay thrimthue (compensation in lieu of imprisonment).
The court also announced the same prison term for MD Islam, 20, from Jaigaon, for patronizing a prostitute.
On 1 August, Police discovered 1,600 cigarette packages, more than over 200 rolls of biri, and large quantity of various brands of chewing tobacco. Police also seized Nu 72,000.
On 31 July, Sonam Wangzom was arrested along with a MD Islam, after they were caught from the general shop/bar belonging to Pema Gyelmo.
MD Islam had gone to the shop for a drink but since it was Tuesday, he did not get drink. However, he met Sonam Wangzom, who was also in the bar.
She was paid Nu 300 while Pema Gyelmo was paid Nu 100 for letting them use the room in her shop.
Based on the information received from the sources, Police then raided the shop and on knocking the door of one of the rooms in the shop, MD Islam along with Sonam Wangzom was found inside. They were arrested for questioning.
Then on interrogation, Sonam Wangzom had revealed the names of Lamkey and Gaki who were also in the prostitution business and were arrested on 3 August.
Both the convicts were well known to Pema Gyelmo, who was running the brothel in the guise of a shop.
Pema Gyelmo is a repeat offender and was arrested, and convicted for illegal sale of the controlled substances in 2009. She had served a sentence of six months.
All of them come from poor family background and to sustain livelihoods got into such an activity, said a source.