‘CALL GIRL’ PROSTITUTION SYNDICATE BUSTED

 The Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM) has successfully busted an ‘outcall girl’ prostitution syndicate in a Special Operation conducted on 5 January 2024 in 3 locations around Kuala Lumpur.  The operation started at 8.00 pm involving a team of officers and members of various ranks from the Intelligence and Special Operations Division, Immigration Headquarters Putrajaya.

 This operation was conducted based on complaints and intelligence conducted by the Intelligence and Special Operations Division, Immigration Headquarters Putrajaya for 2 weeks.  Based on the information obtained, the operation team was arranged to move to the premises and arrested 32 Indonesian women, 13 Thai women, 3 Vietnamese women and one Afghan man aged 18 to 36.  While a 34-year-old Malaysian man believed to be a transporter and 2 Malaysian men as caretakers of the premises aged 35 to 44 were also arrested.  A total of 52 people have been arrested.

 The results of the initial review found that 8 Thai women who were detained had valid Social Visit Passes (PLS), while the other foreign nationals did not have any valid travel documents or passports to be in the country.

 The operation team confiscated a number of condoms, sex equipment, 8 copies of Thai passports, cash amounting to RM300.00, towels, CCTV equipment and a Perodua Axia vehicle.

 The modus operandi of this syndicate is to promote foreign women by using their photos through Telegram and WhatsApp applications.  The selected foreign women will be arranged to be delivered to the hotel or place the customer wants through each order through a Malaysian man who acts as a transporter.  The fee charged to the customer is between RM400.00 to RM1,200.00 according to the package provided by the syndicate and it is believed that the syndicate has been operating for 1 year.  The payment transaction made by the customer is through cash or online before the outcall girl is handed over to the customer.

 All foreign nationals were arrested on suspicion of having committed an offense under the Immigration Act 1959/63, the Passport Act 1966 and the Immigration Regulations 1963 and were held at the Semenyih Immigration Depot, Selangor.  While a male Malaysian citizen was arrested on suspicion of committing an offense under Section 55E of the Immigration Act 1959/63 and 2 male Malaysian citizens were arrested on suspicion of committing an offense under Section 56(1)(d) of the Immigration Act 1959/63.  A total of 5 male Malaysian citizens were given a Notice to appear at the office to assist in the investigation.

 The Department will continue to take strict action against any party found to have committed an offense under the Immigration Act 1959/63, the Passport Act 1966, the Immigration Regulations 1963 and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Migrant Smuggling Act 2007 (ATIPSOM).

 JAFRI BIN EMBOK TAHA

 DEPUTY CHIEF DIRECTOR (OPERATIONS)

 IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT OF MALAYSIA


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