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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/MALAYSIA: 23 INDON WOMEN HELD FOR `VICE TRADE'.
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Nov 15 2000 - 09:10:14 EST


07/Dec/00 MALAYSIA: 23 INDON WOMEN HELD FOR `VICE TRADE'.
By T. Yogendra.
THE place looked almost vacant.
Police had received information that several Indonesian women, believed to
be prostitutes, were living in a double-storey house in Persiaran Tanming
Kiri in Seri Kembangan.
At around noon yesterday, a team of nine policemen from Selangor's
anti-vice and gaming unit moved in.
The ground floor was empty as there were no furniture or anything else.
However, police found on the first floor 23 Indonesian women living there
and they were clearly locked up to prevent them from going out.
Selangor anti-vice and gaming unit spokesman Inspector Mohamed Usuf Jan,
who headed the operation, confirmed that the women were living there.
"We believe they were locked up there and, when the time came, were sent to
karaoke lounges," he said.
"The women were also being prepared for the flesh trade in the country."
"Food and other necessities would be brought to them but they were not
allowed freedom to move around the neighbourhood or the city."
The women ranged in ages from 17 to 23.
"Twenty of them did not possess valid travel documents and only three had
all the necessary papers," said Mohamed Usuf.
Police believe the women were under the control of a syndicate.
"Upon questioning them, we found that the 20 without documents had arrived
in the country a month ago while the three with documents had only been
there since a week ago," he said.
All the 23 women are being held at the Kajang police station for further
investigations.
"None of them will be deported just yet," he said. "We have to conclude our
investigations first on who the syndicate members are before deciding on
returning them to Indonesia."
Under the law, if a house owner is found to be harbouring illegals in his
premises, he is liable to be charged.
However, Mohamed Usuf said police could not trace anybody else apart from
the 23 women detained.
When The Malay Mail photographer was taking pictures at the police station,
the women turned away but hurled insults at him.
(c) 2000 New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad.
MALAY MAIL 07/12/2000 P5
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