Published: Saturday February 23, 2013 MYT 5:20:00 PM
Cops raid karaoke, rescue 23 scantily-clad Vietnamese women
By STEVEN DANIEL
KUALA LUMPUR: Police raided a karaoke near here and rescued 23 scantily-clad Vietnamese women believed to be victims of human trafficking.
Led by the Bukit Aman Anti Traffiking in Persons (ATIP) (D7) unit chief Deputy Superintendent Nor Omar Sappi, the team raided the two-storey karaoke center located in Menara PGRM at Cheras at 1am Saturday.
He said the women were aged between 19 and 35 had used social visit passes to enter the country but he said it was an offence under the Immigration Act as they had abused the pass to work in the country.
“However, we believe the women are victims of a human trafficking syndicate that had lured the women with hope of finding jobs in Malaysia and instead sent them to the Klang Valley to be involved in seedy activities including offering sex services,” he said.
There were about 40 customers in the premises when the police team of 20 personnel including six officer raided the karaoke center.
The karaoke joint, which possessed valid operating licenses, had over a dozen rooms in their premises for customers to rent.