JOHOR BAHRU – The Special Task Force for Anti-Vice, Gambling and Gangsterism (STAGG) of Bukit Aman rescued 19 Vietnamese women who were victims of sexual exploitation, in seven separate raids in the city last night.
STAGG chief of operations, Supt Mohd Shokri Abdullah said all the women, aged between 20 and 35 years, were rescued via “Op Noda” conducted simultaneously at reflexology centres and nearby hostels from 7.45pm.
“During the raids, we also detained 21 women from Vietnam, China (18) and Thailand (five). Also nabbed were two men from China and an Indonesian, aged 20 to 38 years.
“We also arrested 17 local men, who were workers and caretakers of the premises, aged 35 to 45 years,” he told reporters after the raids.
Mohd Shokri said the preliminary investigations found that all the premises were covers for sex and massage services provided by foreign women.
He said the offences committed by the foreigners were investigated under various laws including Sections 12 and 14 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants (ATIPSOM) Act 2007, Sections 55b and 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 and Section 372B of the Penal Code. – BERNAMA