PETALING JAYA: The Immigration Department smashed a human trafficking syndicate with several raids in Kuala Lumpur Thursday (May 2) night.
The special operation was conducted by Immigration officers who arrested three Bangladeshi men.
"The raid, which was conducted in an upscale condominium in Setapak, led to the arrests.
"One of the three was found to have been the mastermind who planned the human trafficking through illegal routes.
"Follow-up raids at two separate blocks led to the discovery of a transit house used by migrants before being transferred," said Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud in a statement Thursday.
A total of 17 Bangladeshi men were found in the transit house. Ten foreigners were also arrested for various immigration offences.
"A neighbouring country was used as a transit point before the migrants were shipped to Malaysia in boats.
"Preliminary investigations show that the migrants arrived at the transit country on April 24 before being smuggled into Malaysia in stages via Tanjung Sepat.
"All paid a fee ranging between RM11,000 to RM15,000 each," he said.
The three suspected human traffickers will be investigated under Section 26A of the Anti-Trafficking in Person And Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act, for migrant smuggling while the migrants will be investigated under the Immigration Act.
"The Immigration Department calls on the public to come forward with any information regarding such activities that go against the law in their area to ensure effective enforcement action is taken," he said.