[Stop-traffic] News/Malaysia: KL targets foreign sex workers and gangs

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Malaysia: KL targets foreign sex workers and gangs
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Jan 02 2001 - 09:27:14 EST

KL targets foreign sex workers and gangs
Immigration Department will clamp down on the rising number of such
at nightspots and syndicates which fake documents of agencies.
The Straits Times (Singapore), December 5, 2000

KUALA LUMPUR -- The Immigration Department has identified foreign sex
workers and forgery gangs as its top priority and a major crackdown is
the cards.

The Malay Mail newspaper quoted the department's enforcement director,
Nasir Ahmad, as saying that the number of foreigners, especially women,
involved in illegal activities at nightspots had risen significantly.

"The saddest part is that most of them are involved in the flesh trade,"
said Mr Nasir.

"Some of them claimed they entered the country after being promised
jobs, but were then forced to work as guest-relations officers and
sexual services as well.

"Our aim is not only to reduce incidences of foreigners working
but also to intensify efforts to ensure that unscrupulous operators who
take advantage of them are brought to justice," he said.

Mr Nasir said the department will also continue its efforts to bring
forgery gangs to book.

So far this year, immigration officers from the headquarters here had
busted more than 20 such syndicates.

"This is a sign that there are more syndicates trying their hand at
immigration documents and the papers of other agencies," he said.

"While this has not reached alarming proportions, the easy availability
forged or fake documents must be curbed before the market is flooded

"We do not want Malaysia to be a centre where other nationals trying to
gain access to other countries come to buy new identities supplied by

Almost all the forgery gang members are foreigners.
Melanie Orhant
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