PETALING JAYA: A desperate telephone call home to her brother led a South African woman to escape the clutches of a sex trafficking syndicate in Kuala Lumpur with eight other women.
The Sunday Times of South Africa said the 27-year-old woman, from the Free State province, was rescued from the syndicate on Friday from a hotel room.
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula paid for the woman’s flight home and the woman was expected home tonight.
The women, from all parts of the world, were lured to Kuala Lumpur by an internet advertisement for a beauty pageant.
Upon arrival, they were informed by their handler that the show had been cancelled and they were held hostage in a hotel room.
The South African managed to make a frantic phone call to her brother who then contacted the police minister, who contacted Interpol and Malaysian police.
Malaysian police swooped on the hotel and rescued the women who were about to be smuggled to different parts of the world for sex trafficking.
One of the women‚ a Zimbabwean‚ is suspected of being part of the trafficking syndicate and has been detained, the news website stated.