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Friday, 10 January 2014 | MYT 4:03 PM

Penang cops rescue 35 Bangladeshis from human traffickers

BUTTERWORTH: Police have rescued 35 Bangladeshi men from a house in Taman Selayang, Sungai Puyu, where they had been confined after they were smuggled in from a neighbouring country by a human-trafficking syndicate.

Penang CID chief SAC Mazlan Kesah said the Bangladeshi nationals, aged between 20 and 45, were found to be in frail condition after they were rescued in a police raid on the house at 3 pm following a public tip-off.

 "They were said to have been brought to the state across the Malaysian-Thai border in Padang Besar, Perlis, and handed over to a syndicate member before being brought to the house in Taman Selayang," he said when contacted by Bernama Friday.

He said an investigation also showed that all the men were confined in a house rented by the syndicate over a week ago and were waiting to be sold to an employer.

Police also nabbed seven Myanmar nationals who were believed to be members of the human-trafficking syndicate, besides seizing cash, mobile telephones and a record book on migrant smuggling activities during the raid.

 Mazlan said all the seven Myanmar nationals were placed under remand to assist police investigation under Section 26H of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 while the 35 Bangladeshis were being investigated under Section 6 (3) of the Immigration Act 1959/1963.

 "We are still investigating if the syndicate is connected to several cases involving the trafficking of foreigners in the state, including the latest case in Simpang Ampat, Nibong Tebal, last Saturday," he said.

Last Saturday, Penang police succeeded in rescuing 10 males, including two children of Myanmar nationality, who were smuggled in by a syndicate for ransom before obtaining money from family members.

All the victims, aged eight to 22, were rescued during a police raid on a house in Simpang Ampat, Nibong Tebal, near here at about 8 pm. - Bernama


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