PETALING JAYA: The Immigration Department raided two business premises in Kuala Lumpur – believed to be fronts for brothels – and arrested 31 suspects.
Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said 31 foreign women were arrested during the raids in Bukit Bintang and Cheras on Wednesday (Jan 15).
"We launched two raids simultaneously at around 2.30pm.
"When we raided the business premises at Bukit Bintang, a number of foreigners working as masseuses attempted to flee through a back entrance," he said in a statement on Thursday (Jan 16).
He added that they managed to block the exits and stop anyone from escaping.
"Checks revealed many of the masseuses had UNHCR refugee cards.
"The misuse of these cards for immoral and illegal activities is serious and we will suggest revoking their cards," he said, adding that 10 women and five men were arrested.
He said they also seized RM770 in cash.
Immigration also raided a second location, a 'reflexology and spa centre' housed within a three-star hotel in Cheras.
"The women there refused to cooperate and locked the door which we were forced to break down.
"We detained 21 women there, coomprising 10 Vietnamese nationals, five Indonesians, four Thai nationals and two women from Laos," he said, adding that they issued witness summonses to supervisors and clients at both locations to assist investigations.