Authorities detain 27 in Puchong ring raid

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 27 people, including 25 foreigners suspected of being prostitutes, have been arrested following searches at a condominium and a hotel in Puchong.

The operation dubbed “Ops Gegar” was carried out by 21 immigration officers around 5 p.m. on Friday (August 26).

Immigration department director general Datuk Seri Khairul Dzaimee Daud said the foreign women detained were 20 Indonesians, three Thais and two Vietnamese between the ages of 18 and 47.

“We have also arrested two local men who were the guardians of the place,” he said in a statement on Tuesday August 30.

Early surveys revealed that foreign women dressed like locals to attract customers, he said.

“One of the detained foreign women is suspected of being the ‘mummy’ or the one in charge of managing them.

“The 28-year-old woman was detained at the condominium,” he said.

Various items were seized including RM9,325 in cash, condoms, lubricants and a logbook recording workers’ attendance and client list, Khairul Dzaimee said.

“Clients interested in obtaining union services would communicate via WhatsApp.

“They will then receive a password to enter the premises,” he said.

Customers were charged RM240 to book each woman for sex, Khairul Dzaimee Daud.

“The women worked from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. at the hotel.

“Those who are sick will be placed in the condominium under the care of the mummy. They will be confined there until they recover,” he said.

The condominium also served as a transit point for women arriving from Indonesia or Thailand before being sent to the hotel to work as prostitutes, he said.

“We believe the union has been operating for almost two years.

“Foreign women entered Malaysia using social visit passes,” he added.

The department will strengthen security at the country’s borders and carry out stricter checks on the travel documents of arriving tourists, Khairul Dzaimee said.

“The detained persons were brought to the immigration office in Putrajaya for further investigation,” he said.

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