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15 foreign masseuses held at reflexology centre
Mon, May 24, 2010
New Straits Times

JOHOR BARU, MALAYSIA: Fifteen foreign female masseuses were detained in a raid at a traditional reflexology centre in Jalan Pingai, Taman Pelangi here last week.

Of the 15 women, eight of them were believed to be victims of a human trafficking syndicate.

The eight, seven Cambodians and an Indonesian, between the ages of 18 and 20, were believed to have been brought into the country legally under the pretext of securing jobs in factories.

The raid was conducted by a team from the Federal Police Anti-Vice, Gaming and Secret Societies (D7) division following a tip-off.

Operation head Assistant Superintendent Nordin Ibrahim said besides offering reflexology and traditional massages, the centre also provided sexual services.

"For merely RM53 (S$22.50) per hour, customers were able get 'extra' services.

"There was a huge number of used condoms found in the premises, suggesting that sex was offered."

Besides the eight women, who are believed to have been forced into prostitution, the rest were five Thais and two Chinese.

The women, between the ages of 21 and 42, were detained for not having valid travel documents.

They had also violated their social visit passes by working without a permit and offering sexual services.

Police also arrested two local men who were believed to be the operators of the centre.

Nordin said the foreigners started working in the centre about five months ago.

The suspects were taken to the Johor Baru (south) police headquarters for further investigation.

- New Straits Times

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