PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia The Immigration Department has busted a prostitution syndicate which resumed operations at a brothel located in Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, just under three weeks after the last raid was conducted.
Immigration director-general Mustafar Ali in a statement yesterday said 24 women prostitutes including Indonesians, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankan and Indian nationals were detained in the raid.
He said the one-hour operation codenamed Ops Gegar involving members and personnel of the Quick Response Team (QRT) Unit under Special Operations Intelligence and Analysis Division also saw the arrest four local and eight foreign men.
Cash totalling RM3,230 believed to be proceeds from the illegal activity were also seized.
“What’s shocking is the premises had just been raided by the department on June 22, but began operations again, offering low-cost sex services ranging from RM30 to RM50 without any remorse or fear of the authorities.
“The intelligence team found that brothel operating at the same two-storey premises. It caters especially to foreigners but there are visits from locals as well,” he said.
Mustafar said the inspection found that the premises did not have any valid business license as well as any signage, but had extensive modifications in terms of customised rooms, doors as well as a secret stairway.
He said the foreigners were detained due to the lack of identification documents and overstaying among other offences, and were placed at the Bukit Jalil Immigration Detention Depot in Kuala Lumpur.
Investigations are being conducted under the Anit-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act, the Immigration Act 1959/63, the Passport Act 1966 and the Immigration Regulations 1963.
Source: NAM News Network