PETALING JAYA: Seventy-five foreigners, including 57 women aged between 20 and 40, were arrested during an anti-vice raid on a club here.
The club manager, a Malaysian in his 30s, was detained along with a deejay and a bouncer, said Selangor Vice, Gambling and Secret Societies (D7) division officer Deputy Supt Abdul Ghofar Ahmad.
“We also arrested a security guard who initially stopped us from entering the premises. We believe that he may be part of Gang 21 based on a tattoo on his arm,” he said.
He said the operation, codenamed Ops Noda, was led by four officers and 13 personnel on Saturday night in Damansara Utama here.
DSP Abdul Ghofar said police also detained 18 foreign workers for not having valid identification documents.
All the foreign detainees were being investigated under the Immigration Act and Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act, he added.
DSP Abdul Ghofar said police were probing whether the workers were brought into the country by human-trafficking syndicates.
“These syndicates act as a vehicle to transport migrants into the country in large numbers,” he said.
Meanwhile, a female detainee, who wished to be known only as Jaja, said she had been working at the club for three weeks.
“It is hard to find work in Haadyai, my hometown, due to the ongoing unrest. I came here in search of a job that pays well,” she said.