Officers from the Bukit Aman Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants unit inspecting the passport of a trafficking victim in Malim Jaya, Malacca, June 2, 2014. Photo credit: Bernama
Malaysian police arrested 39 foreign sex workers, 18 of whom were Vietnamese at a café in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday night, state news agency Bernama reported.
Police said all of the women – 20 from China, 18 from Vietnam and one from Myanmar – have travel documents and are under investigation by the Immigration Department.
They are being detained at Dang Wangi police headquarters.
The same evening, an anti-human trafficking division in the Malaysian state of Malacca rescued 51 foreign women, including 40 Vietnamese, from two entertainment outlets, Bernama reported.
The Vietnamese women, five Thai and six Chinese nationals, aged 16 to 34, were allegedly forced to work as hostesses in Malim Jaya.
They were remanded to a woman's shelter in Kempas, Johor pursuant to the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007, before their deportation, the newswire quoted a police official as saying Wednesday.
Police also detained two local men, a local woman, an Indonesian woman, a female Chinese national, a Vietnamese woman and a Bangladeshi man as suspects in the case.