PETALING JAYA: An international prostitution ring, which charged up to RM450 for a 45-minute sex romp, has been busted after the arrests of 26 women and their handlers.
The syndicate, which operated at four-star hotels here and Subang Jaya, used the WeChat application to advertise the "services" of women from multiple countries, including Mongolia, Uzbekistan, China and Indonesia.
Immigration department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said enforcement officers raided a hotel each in Petaling Jaya and Subang Jaya on Friday and Saturday (Sept 14 and 15) following intelligence gathered on the syndicate.
“The syndicate even falsely advertised that the women were from Japan and Korea to further entice customers. They charged between RM300 and RM450 for 45 minutes of sex.
“The women are placed in different rooms and on different levels of the hotels to make it harder for authorities to detect them,” he said.
In the first raid in Petaling Jaya, enforcement officers arrested 14 women, including nine from Mongolia as well as two Malaysian men, believed to be their pimps, he added.
“Based on information gathered from questioning the suspects, we learnt that the syndicate also operated at a hotel in Subang Jaya.
“We ran into some difficulties initially where hotel personnel were not being cooperative but we managed to overcome it,” he said.
Mustafar said 12 women, including four from Mongolia and three from China were arrested in Subang Jaya along with two Malaysian men and a Bangladeshi man.
“A total of RM10,070 in cash was also seized from the two raids,” he said.
Among the offences being investigated are no valid identification documents and abuse of social visitors’ passes, he added.
“All suspects have been placed at the Immigration depot in Bukit Jalil pending investigations,” he said.
Mustafar urged anyone with information on illegal activities to contact the department as soon as possible.“We value the cooperation from the public and we vow to take drastic action,” he said.