Immigration busts vice ring offering foreign call girls through chat app

  • Nation
  • Monday, 11 Mar 2019

BUTTERWORTH (Bernama): The Penang Immigration Department crippled an online prostitution syndicate that used the WeChat application and foreign call girls after a raid on a hotel in Jalan Baru, Perai, Friday (March 8).

Operations Division chief, Izham Idris said in the 9pm operation, the Immigration team arrested 10 foreign women for being involved in immoral activities by offering sex to the hotel's patrons.

"These women were controlled by a syndicate and customers who wanted to hire their services only had to make a choice via the WeChat application," he said here today.

Izham said the women arrested comprised seven Thai nationals and three from Laos, while six local men, suspected to be their customers, were also arrested and their statements recorded to facilitate further investigations.

He said based on initial investigations, the 10 foreign women, aged from 20 to 35 years old, had misused their social visit passes and were without travel documents.

On another development, Izham said Immigration detained eight illegal migrants from Myanmar, aged from 25 to 40, in an operation at the Main Market, Bukit Mertajam, Sunday (March 10).

He said during the 7am operation, the situation became chaotic when the illegals who were trading at the market realised the Immigration team's presence and tried to escape, but they were swiftly surrounded and arrested.

"Six stalls and 13 foreigners were checked before eight of them were detained for not having personal travel documents and misusing social visit passes,” he said, adding that those detained were then sent to the Juru Detention Depot. – Bernama.


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