Ugandan Sex Slave Syndicate Busted

18 October 2011
Kuala Lumpur

21 Ugandan women aged between 18 and 42 years were found to be forced into prostitution here and in China by a major sex slave syndicate and was busted by police on Friday.

The women were locked up in four apartment units in Mentari Court, Bandar Sunway, from where they worked as prostitutes for 10 hours daily for the past three months. They were believed to have been lured from Kampala with job offers to work in hotels or as maids, or to study in colleges here. The syndicate even offered the women free travel documents and flights.

Customers paid RM300 for their services and if the women refused they would be beaten and raped by the syndicate members.

It is believed that the syndicate placed a debt bondage of US$7000 one each of the victims. Although many of them had already worked enough to pay off the debts, the syndicate members would lie to them about the debts to prevent them from leaving.

One of the Ugandan women reported her ordeal to an embassy officer who went undercover as a customer and met the 20-year-old. Later, police monitored the apartment for two weeks before they launched the raid at 10:30am and arrested two female suspects in their 40s.

The victims were transferred to a welfare home and are expected to be deported later pending completion of investigations.

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