IPOH – Perak Police have rescued 11 Thai boys and men who have allegedly been subjected to forced labour or begging in an operation conducted in Gombak, Selangor, early today.
The Op Pintas-Pengemis raid at Batu 10 Jalan Gombak came following the questioning of a 36-year-old Thai man who was arrested last Tuesday, said Perak CID chief Datuk Gan Tian Kee.
The 11 people, aged between 16 and 44, were rescued by a team of personnel from the Secret Societies, Gambling and Vice Division and Perak CID at 12.40 am, he said in a statement.
He also said that the police seized RM1,900 cash, 11 international passports of the victims, six Thailand identity cards, 17 files and eight clutch bags.
“Police also seized a Toyota Corolla car with a Thailand registration plate, nine handphones and various items used to beg with,” he said.
Gan said the suspect and the victims as well as the seized goods were sent to the Prima Sri Gombak police station in Selangor for further action.
Last Tuesday, police rescued five Thai males aged between 18 and 28 who said they were forced to beg in Ipoh and at Ramadan bazaars on the pretext of building a mosque in Narathiwat, Thailand.
Gan said they were forced to beg for more than 10 hours daily and were denied meals if their collection was less than RM100 per day.
He said the victims were brought into the country by the suspect, who acted as their guardian, and another man known as Ustaz or Pok Teh through Padang Besar, Perlis, and they had been Ipoh for about 11 months. – BERNAMA