Over 100 Vietnamese women rescued from Malaysian brothels

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Malaysian police rescued 108 Vietnamese women forced to work as prostitutes at a local karaoke parlor and a restaurant over the weekend, local newspaper New Straits Times reported.


Two raids were carried out between 11 p.m. on Saturday and 2 a.m. on Sunday at the two premises in Seri Manjung, the capital of Manjung district in the state of Perak, by the federal police's Anti-Human Trafficking Unit.


Police said the women, aged 16-32, were lured to Malaysia for various jobs but ended up being employed as "guest relations officers" at the entertainment spot and the restaurant.


Previously, police received a complaint from one of the woman. Based on her tip-off, they conducted separate raids on the two premises simultaneously.


Ninety of the women were rescued from the karaoke parlor while the rest were from the restaurant nearby. Only 37 women had passports on them, police said.


Police also detained around 100 patrons from the two premises for further investigations.


The case is Malaysias biggest anti-human trafficking operation so far this year, according to police.


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