PENANG: Six Thai masseuses and four of their customers were rounded up during an anti-vice raid at a health centre at Jalan Relau here on Tuesday afternoon.
Four of the women, aged between 20 and 28, were giving their customers a hanky-panky massage when a George Town anti-vice team led by chief ASP Mior Faridal Athrash Wahid surprised them at 6.30pm.
A check later showed that the women had entered the country as tourists but were illegally working as masseuses. They would also provide sex services to their customers for a little extra cash.
The women, who had been here for about three weeks, were said to have been brought in by a vice syndicate. The syndicate was also said to have provided other women with fake travel documents to enable them to work as guest relations officers (GROs) too.
George Town CID chief Supt Hasnan Hassan said yesterday the pimp and two of his workers were also arrested in the raid, adding that four pornographic VCDs were also recovered.
It was learnt that the district police had launched a blitz against foreign women, especially those from China, working as GROs in karaoke lounges on the island following complaints from the public.
On March 26 and April 13, a total of 31 Chinese women were picked up from two karaoke lounges in Tanjong Tokong and Gottlieb Road. Nine of them were found to possess fake travel documents.
George Town OCPD Senior Asst Comm II Abdul Wahab Ahmad had warned entertainment outlet managements not to employ such women, as the police would not hesitate to recommend that their business licences be revoked, he said.