Nineteen arrested in KL police anti-vice raid

KUALA LUMPUR: Some 13 foreign women working as guest relation officers (GROs) were among 19 individuals detained following a raid at an entertainment outlet in Bukit Bintang on Sunday (May 22).

Customers had to pay up to RM2,080 for the five-hour services of the women and RM100-per-hour for subsequent hours inside karaoke rooms at the outlet.

Bukit Aman CID anti-vice, gambling and secret societies division (D7) principal assistant director Senior Asst Comm Mohamad Noor Yusof Ali said the GROs detained during the operation at about 12.40am on Sunday were aged from 22 to 38 years old.

"A total of 12 of the foreign women are from a neighbouring country while another is from a middle-eastern country.

"We also detained six locals, including the outlet's owner, manager and other workers," he said.

Checks were conducted on 34 workers as well as 89 customers and two of the customers tested positive for methamphetamine, SAC Mohamad Noor said.

"Initial investigations revealed that the outlet operated until 8am way beyond the permitted time.

"Regular customers use the back entrance after midnight in an attempt to evade the attention of authorities.

"The outlet also has other passages that lead to the parking lot to enable customers and the GROs to escape a raid. However, we have scouted the premises and prevented that from happening," he said.

The outlet provides the services of GROs, who will only be brought to a karaoke room if a customer agreed on the price.

"The services of the ladies are priced between RM1,280 and RM2,080 for the first five hours and RM100 per hour for the subsequent hours," he said.

SAC Mohamad Noor said the outlet has 20 karaoke rooms priced between RM2,200 and RM8,000 depending on size.

"Those detained were brought to the Dang Wangi police headquarters for further investigation," he said.

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