Malaysian police rescued three Vietnamese women, among 35 foreign women of various nationalities believed to be victims of human trafficking, from brothels posing as massage parlors last Thursday, Vietnam News Agency reported.
Along with 12 Thai, 10 Chinese and 10 Filippina women, aged between 20 and 30, the Vietnamese nationals were rescued by the police during raids conducted at three massage centres at Platinum Walk, Setapak.
The women were believed to have entered the country by land or air five months ago either on a social visit pass, student or domestic maid visa, according to Malaysian authorities.
Police also detained four Malaysian men, a Filippino man and woman, for allegedly trafficking the women for sexual exploitation.
The arrestees previously deceived the victims by offering them jobs as masseuses, and then forced them into prostitution, according to police.
They kept the women's passports and personal papers and ordered them to pay debts worth US$1,600-4,000 if they wanted to leave the massage parlors.
Police also seized condoms, registration books and passports at the premises, believed to be operating without valid licenses.