Vietnamese women rescued from prostitution syndicate, Malaysian man, two others arrested

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 07 Nov 2019

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Immigration managed to save three Vietnamese women who were believed to have been exploited as sex workers by a prostitution syndicate.

Immigration Department director Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said the three women, all aged 18, were found at a premises believed to be used as a brothel in Kota Kemuning on Tuesday (Nov 5).

"Early investigations revealed that the three women had been exploited to be sex workers. They were later brought to a safe house," he said on Thursday (Nov 7).

The women were rescued in a special operation to prevent human trafficking and money laundering activities involving the department's special tactical team and the Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Council (Mapo) task force following a tip-off from the public.

The team also arrested a 37-year-old Malaysian man and his Vietnamese girlfriend along with a female Myanmar national.

The trio are believed to be caretakers of the premises and managed activities there.

All three have been arrested in suspicion of committing human trafficking offences under Section 12 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007.

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