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36 Foreign Women Among 41 Held In Raid On Spa

JOHOR BARU: Thirty-six foreign women and five Malaysian men were detained by police in a raid on a spa in Bandar Seri Alam, Masai, here.

Johor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Kamarul Zaman Mamat said the 41, whose ages range from 18 to 37 years, were arrested for vice activities and human trafficking at around 12.30am on Wednesday.

He said the women comprised 18 Vietnamese, 10 Thais, four Indonesians and four Laotians, while the five local men were involved in running the outlet and handling cash.

“We also seized 24 condoms, business receipts, lubricant oil and a paper listing all the sexual services offered at the centre,” he said in a statement.

SAC Kamarul Zaman added that all the suspects were arrested under Section 372B of the Penal Code, for offering sexual services for the purpose of prostitution, and Section 6(1)(C) of the Immigration Act 1959/1963 for failing to produce proper travel documents or having expired passports.

He said other offences allegedly committed by the detainees came under Section 55B(1) of the Immigration Act 1959/1963 and Section 39(b) of the Immigration Rules 1963 for abusing their travel documents.-thestar

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