Wednesday August 1, 2012
Johor hotspots raided
By MOHD FARHAAN SHAH
JOHOR BARU: Police have conducted more than 1,485 raids and arrested 684 suspects at several hotspots known for its gambling and prostitution activities here for the last seven months.
Johor Baru (South) OCPD Asst Comm Zainuddin Yaacob said until July this year, the district police recorded a drop of 11.51% in crime rate compared with the same period last year.
He added that the raids at several known hotspots under its jurisdiction for the past seven months have contributed positively to the decrease.
“The police have conducted 681 raids at premises found to be illegal gambling dens around here where we detained 326 suspects and seized 5,129 computers,” he told a press conference at the district police headquarters here.
ACP Zainuddin also said that gambling operators now have changed their tactics by offering gambling machines at family oriented entertainment outlets here.
He pointed out that police are now targeting family-oriented entertainment centres that are known to offer gambling as part of their activities.
“Certain centres are licensed to have about 50 game machines where 10 of it are actually gambling machines.
“We raided 105 centres and seized 196 machines and detained more than 53 people who are mostly customers from different ages,” he said.
ACP Zainuddin also said that police are focusing on getting prostitutes off from the streets and back alleys of Johor Baru city.
He added that prostitution is an old problem that also creates social ills among the public.
“More than 699 raids at several known hotspots that offer prostitution were conducted until July where we also detained 305 foreign women working as prostitutes.
“Most of these women come from countries such as China, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand,” he said, adding that the police would conduct more raids to ensure that such activities will end.