KUALA LUMPUR: Thirty-five women of various nationalities, believed to be victims of human trafficking, were rescued by the police during raids conducted at three massage centres at Platinum Walk, Setapak here last Thursday.
Bukit Aman Secret Societies, Gambling and Vice Division (D7) principal assistant director SAC Roslee Chik said the women comprised three Vietnamese, Chinese (10), Thai (12) and Filipina (10) and were aged between 20 and 30.
They 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, he told a media conference here yesterday.
He said police also detained four Malaysian men, a Filipino and a Filipina, for allegedly trafficking the women for sexual exploitation.
“The modus operandi is to deceive the victims by offering them job as masseuses, and then to force them into prostitution,” he said, adding that police also seized RM3,720, condoms, registration books and passports at the premises, believed to be operating without a valid licence. — Bernama