Prostitution ring in SS2 reopens and is promptly busted

PETALING JAYA: A prostitution ring which just resumed business in SS2 after going dormant during the movement control order (MCO), has been crippled by police.

Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal (pic) said a police team raided the premises at around 9.50pm on June 3, following an anonymous tip-off.

"We first arrested a foreign man who was manning the counter, and then detained another four foreign men working there.

"We also found several items at the premises believed to be used for prostitution activities," he told reporters at the Petaling Jaya police headquarters on Friday (June 5).

He said upon further checks, police found 24 men, believed to be customers, and seven women believed to be working as prostitutes.

He said the women were arrested under Section 372B of the Penal Code for prostitution.

"Everyone there were also issued compounds for flouting the conditional MCO," he said.

Meanwhile in an unrelated case, ACP Nik Ezanee said eight men were arrested in connection with a string of shop break-ins and vehicle thefts here.

He said his team initially arrested a man at a parking lot in Taman Teratai Mewah at around 3.30pm on June 3.

"We interrogated the suspect and then arrested seven others following raids in Kepong, Desa Aman Puri and Taman Ehsan.

"We also seized items believed to be stolen, including 75 pairs of sunglasses, a television, wallets and identification documents," he said, adding that police also seized three stolen cars from the suspects, including two Proton Wira and a Suzuki Swift.

He said the suspects had been connected to at least seven cases so far and were active since January.

"The group usually targets 24-hour convenience stores and would steal easy-to-sell items such as cigarettes," he said.

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