Malaysia's flesh trade thriving despite authorities' efforts

Malaysia's flesh trade thriving despite authorities' efforts
NOTORIOUS: Prostitutes soliciting along Jalan Pudu.

SINGAPORE - Effort to thwart curb the flesh trade in Kuala Lumpur despite efforts by the authorities.

Jalan Pudu, Jalan Petaling and Brickfields have been identified as most notorious for vice activities, The New Straits Times (NST) reported.

Authorities said in Jalan Pudu, girls believed to be Chinese nationals could be seen lining up along Jalan Geylang to ply their trade.

"It is quite easy to pick up the girls if you can speak Mandarin. The girls are also friendly but tough when it comes to negotiating the price for their services," a visitor, who declined to be named, said.

He said it was easy to find a companion in Jalan Pudu, as these girls can be seen trawling the streets from as early as 6pm.

The price for their services ranged from RM100 (S$40) to RM250, he added.

Red light

Foreign workers seeking sleazy entertainment zero in on Brickfields, the report said. But there, the red light district in Jalan Thambipillay comes alive only on weekends.

The report quoted a Brickfields resident saying that the brothels had been operating for more than 20 years.

In Petaling Street, the flesh trade seems to have dwindled. While the buildings once used as brothels are still standing, there were no sex workers around.

The NST report quoted Mayor Ahmad Phesal Talib as saying that City Hall would be starting a collaboration next month to tackle the vice activities.

Regular joint operations with the police and the Immigration Department are needed to deal with the problem.

"We will be calling for a meeting with the relevant authorities to discuss the issue."

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