GEORGE TOWN: Nine transvestites and three women ran helter-skelter in the dark when police moved in to crack down on vice activities in Chulia Street and Penang Road.
All were nabbed eventually but not before giving police a hard time chasing after them in the middle of the night.
The 12, said to be in their 20s and 30s, were said to have waiting by the roadside for customers when they were nabbed in the four-hour operation codenamed Ops Noda.
Six are foreigners while the rest are locals.
The operation, which lasted until 4am yesterday, was jointly conducted by George Town police and the Penang Islamic Religious Affairs Department (JHEAIPP).
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said the foreigners five Indonesians and a Thai national would be investigated for violating their passes, permits and border passes.
“The locals were caught for indecency with the intention of engaging in prostitution,” ACP Gan said.
In a similar operation, police also rounded up three Chinese nationals, in their 20s, said to be involved in vice activities at a hotel in Penang Road.
It is learnt that several potential customers quickly walked out of the hotel, which had already been raided three times, upon learning of the raid.
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