KUALA LUMPUR: Six kingpins have been detained under the Prevention of Crime Act this year for running prostitution rings.
Action was taken against the six and 241 others under the same Act from January to May 23, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
He added that last year, 18 bosses were among 351 people detained.
"We will redouble our efforts against prostitution rings," he said in a post on his Facebook page yesterday.
Khalid thanked those who tipped off the police leading to the successful clampdown on the rings.
He also commended the Special Task Force for Anti-vice, Gaming and Gangsterism for carrying out operations on night clubs in Johor and Pahang.
Some 30 Vietnamese, Chinese and Thai women, believed to be guest relation officers, were detained during the operations.
The Prevention of Crime Act covers drug trafficking, triad activities and organised crime.