PUTRAJAYA: The Immigration Department has crippled an international prostitution syndicate offering sex services with women from seven countries through WeChat, following two raids in Selangor.
Immigration director-general Mustafar Ali said 26 foreign women, two Bangladeshi men and four local men were detained during the raids in Petaling Jaya and Subang Jaya.
“Detained foreign prostitutes comprised women from Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. However, the advertisement claimed the women are from Japan and Korea. Cash amounting to RM10,070, believed to be proceeds from the activities was also seized,” he said.
He said in the first raid in Petaling Jaya yesterday, enforcement officers located the prostitutes in separate rooms on three different floors of a hotel.
“During the raid, nine women from Mongolia, one from Kyrgyzstan, one from Uzbekistan, two from China, and one from Vietnam were detained. Also arrested two local men suspected as members of the syndicate,” he said.
The arrest also led to another raid at a hotel in Subang Jaya, where the same syndicate operated similar vice activities.
He said in another raid today, four women from Mongolia, three from China, two from Indonesia, one from Kazakhstan, one from Thailand and one from Vietnam were arrested.
“Also detained were two local men and a Bangladeshi man, believed to be syndicate workers,” he said.
A Bangladeshi cleaner at the hotel was also arrested for failing to show a valid identification document during inspection.
He said all detainees were sent to the Bukit Jalil Immigration Detention Depot and investigated under the Immigration Act 1959/63, the Passport Act 1966 and the Immigration Regulations 1963.