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Sunday December 22, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Sunday December 22, 2013 MYT 7:15:02 AM
by muguntan vanar
KOTA KINABALU: Eleven women from the Philippines were detained from a transit house after they attempted to slip into the state through Sandakan looking for jobs.
The 56-year-old house owner, a local resident, has been arrested for harbouring the women, aged between 20 and 35, during Ops Cantas Khas Laut.
They had paid a Filipino boatman 5,000 pesos (about RM370) for their trip to east coast Sabah where security forces are on high alert during year-end festivities.
In confirming the detention and arrests of the women at a stilt house in Kg Sundang laut in the Batu Sapi area at Friday 4pm, Sandakan police chief Asst Comm Rowell Marong said that the arrests were made under the Immigration Act.
He said the women, who had Philippine passports but no Malaysian immigration entry stamps were found inside a house.
They told police that they had left Zamboanga City on Dec 18 and were dropped off at the house in Sandakan at about 8am on Friday.
They had claimed that they were looking for employment in Sabah and were on their own without the aid of agents.
ACP Rowell said police were investigating the case for possible involvement in human trafficking.
In another operation, police arrested a 26-year-old local Suluk man for possession of a bullet when they stopped a Perodua car with three passengers near the IJM area in Sandakan at about 1.50am yesterday.
The bullet was found in a bag he was holding, ACP Rowell said, adding that the three have also been detained.
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