Report on underage sex trafficking in Malaysia slammed for being 'lopsided'

Report on underage sex trafficking in Malaysia slammed for being 'lopsided'
Secret Societies, Gambling and Vice Division principal assistant director Senior Asst Comm Datuk Roslee Chik

PETALING JAYA- Bukit Aman claimed that a video report on underage sex trafficking in Malaysia was "lopsided" and portrayed the country as being a sex hub.

Secret Societies, Gambling and Vice Division principal assistant director Senior Asst Comm Datuk Roslee Chik said the report did not give the real picture of Malaysia's sex trade; which he said was "not that big."

"The term 'sex industry' used in the video is very wrong and negative.

"In Malaysia, the existence of prostitution is undeniable - just like in other countries. But the level of enforcement minimises these activities.

"Sex is not an industry in Malaysia, the term 'sex activities' is more accurate.

"Industry would mean the profits are as big as in Thailand where the sex industry is legal," he told The Star Online.

The video, titled "Trapped - The underage sex industry in Malaysia," by producer and director Mahi Ramakrishnan, includes interviews with foreign girls as young as 15 being involved in the sex trade in Kuala Lumpur.

Some girls said they were "selling their bodies" to escape poverty, while others said they were tricked into coming to the city and were being kept against their will. Some claim to have been beaten.

Another issue highlighted in the video was the alleged forging of the girls' documents, to always portray them as over 18 years of age.

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