Cops nab 10,000 local, foreign women involved in prostitution

A number of foreign women detained by authorities in Kuala Lumpur on suspicion of involvement in prostitution seen in this file picture taken in 2017. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: A total 10,002 local and foreign women were found to be involved in prostitution in seven states from January to October.

Bukit Aman CID director Huzir Mohamed said raids were conducted in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Perak, Penang, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak.

He said the women, who include Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai nationals, were believed to be working in guest relation offices and as prostitutes.

According to Huzir, 2,633 raids were conducted in the six states and federal territory during the period involving 1,686 bars, 802 karaoke centres and 145 night clubs.

“On online gambling, 7,591 individuals were detained through 3,422 raids nationwide in the same period,” he told a media conference at Bukit Aman here yesterday.

He also said the police would review the inspection procedure on individuals entering stadiums after a flare was set off at the Malaysia-Indonesia match at the 2022 World Cup/2024 Asian Cup qualifier at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil earlier this week.

Huzir said action would include referring the matter to the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).

“The police have a representative in the FAM committee and this matter will be referred to the quarters involved,” he said.