Vietnam to repatriate 136 women rescued from Kuala Lumpur nightclub

By Hoang Phan, Thanh Nien News

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A Malaysian anti-human trafficking police officer checks the passport of an alleged victim. Photo: Vietnam News Agency/Bernama A Malaysian anti-human trafficking police officer checks the passport of an alleged victim. Photo: Vietnam News Agency/Bernama

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The Vietnamese embassy in Malaysia is working with Malaysian authorities for the shelter and repatriation of 136 Vietnamese women rescued from a nightclub in Kuala Lumpur early this week, according to the foreign ministry.
“The Malaysian side ... is aware of Vietnam’s concerns and that they were investigating the case,” Pham Thu Hang, deputy spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thursday.
The Ministry has instructed the embassy to promptly coordinate with relevant Malaysian agencies to verify the case as well as identifying those involved before bringing them home.
The Vietnamese embassy in Malaysia has received the list of the 136 women provided by Malaysian police and was assured that all the women have been sent to a social protection center and that they were in good health.
Earlier on January 3, Malaysian police rescued 184 foreign women aged between 21 and 38 in a nightclub raid on P.Ramlee street in Kuala Lumpur, New Straits Times reported.
The women, including 136 from Vietnam, 17 from the Philippines, 17 from Uzbekistan, four from Indonesia, four from Thailand, four from Armenia, and two from Russia, were suspected of being victims of a human trafficking ring.
The police also arrested two local managers suspected of being members of a human trafficking ring and 13 security guards.
Mr. Roslee Chick, an officer of the Royal Malaysia Police, said the women were lured to Malaysia for well-paid jobs but were forced to work as sex slaves instead, Vietnam News reported.

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