16 Foreign Women Trafficked for Vice

27 March 2008
Putrajaya

16 foreign women have been rescued by the Immigration Department from the clutches of a human trafficking syndicate in two operations in Seremban and Johor Baru. Three members of the syndicate in their 30s have been arrested and remanded for between 4 and 14 days under the Anti-Trafficking In Persons Act 2007 came into effect from January 2008.

The women, believed to have been forced into prostitution, consisted of four Chinese nationals, two Vietnamese, seven Thais and three Laotians. They have been sent to a shelter house run by the Women’s Development Department.

If convicted, the three suspects face a jail term of between 3 to 20 years and a fine.

The Star Online – Immigration Department saves 16 trafficked women
<URL:http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/3/27/nation/20763298&sec=nation>

New Straits Times – 16 women rescued in vice raids
<URL:http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Thursday/National/2197040/Article/index_html>

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