PROSTITUTION SYNDICATE AND ENTERTAINMENT CENTER RAIDED

MEDIA STATEMENT

IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT OF MALAYSIA


The Malaysian Immigration Department (JIM) has successfully busted a prostitution syndicate and entertainment center in a Special Operation conducted on 12 January 2024 at 5 locations, namely 2 premises of prostitution centers and 3 premises of KTV entertainment centers in Perak.

The operation started at 11.00 pm involving a team of officers and members of various ranks from the Intelligence and Special Operations Division, Putrajaya Immigration Headquarters, Special Tactical Team (PASTAK), Johor State Malaysian Immigration Department, Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory Malaysian Immigration Department, State Malaysian Immigration Department Perak and Perlis State Malaysian Immigration Department.

This operation was conducted based on complaints and intelligence conducted by the Intelligence and Special Operations Division, Immigration Headquarters Putrajaya for 1 month.

Based on the information obtained, the operation team was arranged to move to 5 premises and arrested 52 female Chinese citizens, 41 female Vietnamese citizens, 21 female Thai citizens, 2 female Indonesian citizens, one female Laotian citizen, 8 male Bangladeshi citizens, 4 men from Myanmar, one man from Indonesia and one stateless man.

All those arrested are between 18 and 36 years old. While 7 male Malaysian citizens and 3 female Malaysian citizens as caretakers of the premises aged between 35 and 44 years old were also arrested. A total of 141 people have been arrested.

As a result of the initial review, 32 female Chinese citizens, 15 female Vietnamese citizens, 8 female Thai citizens, 2 female Indonesian citizens and one Myanmar man who were detained have Social Visit Passes (PLS), Special Passes, Temporary Work Visit Passes (PLKS) ), Employment Pass (Employment Pass) that is still valid and other foreign nationals who do not have any valid travel documents or Passports to be in this country.

The operation team confiscated a number of condoms, premises documents, business records, premises keys, sex equipment, 32 copies of Chinese passports, 15 copies of Vietnamese passports, 8 copies of Thai passports, 2 copies of Indonesian passports, 1 copy of Myanmar passports, cash amounting to RM14,155.00 , 12 units of mobile phones, time recorder cards, towels and CCTV equipment.

The modus operandi of the syndicate in these 2 premises is to promote foreign women by using their photos through Telegram and Whats App applications. Selected foreign women will be managed by Malaysian men who are believed to be caretakers of the premises before customers go to the rooms provided.

The fee charged to customers on premises is between RM200.00 to RM500.00 and for outcall girls the fee charged is between RM800.00 to RM1,000.00. The payment transaction made by the customer is through cash or online before the foreign national girl is handed over to the customer.

The syndicate’s modus operandi in the other 3 premises is to provide maid service to foreign nationals and target regular customers only by making reservations via phone calls.

There are entrances and exits other than the main entrance for foreign customers and waitresses in case the authorities conduct an inspection.

For room reservations, customers are charged between RM800.00 and RM1,000.00 depending on the room category while for foreign female reservations, RM150.00 is charged for 1 hour. This syndicate has been operating for 1 year and has made a profit of RM24,000.00 per month.

During the raid on these 3 premises, female foreign nationals who work as waitresses at the entertainment center tried to run and hide in secret rooms specially built to hide the enforcement officers, including hiding on coins and the roof of the entertainment center building, but all the efforts of these foreigners successfully broken by raid members. There were also customers who tried to provoke by making noise and tried to prevent the team from conducting a search, but the action was also successfully thwarted.

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 taken to the Perak State Malaysian Immigration Department, Ministry of Home Affairs (KDN) Complex, Ipoh, Perak for further action. While 7 male Malaysian citizens and 3 female Malaysian citizens were arrested on suspicion of committing an offense under Section 56(1)(d) of the Immigration Act 1959/63. A total of 69 Malaysian men, 2 Bangladeshi men and one Malaysian woman 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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