105 foreign GROs nabbed in raids

The foreign GROs being detained at the Johor Immigration Department office.

JOHOR BARU - A total of 105 foreign guest relations officers were detained in raids conducted by enforcement officers under the Ops Cantas Khas and Ops 6P Bersepadu.

In the first raid conducted by the Johor Immigration Department, 70 foreign women were arrested at an entertainment centre in Stulang Laut here at around 10.30pm on Wednes­day.

The department's enforcement officers apprehended 62 Vietnamese, seven Chinese and a Korean in the raid.

State Immigration Department (enforcement) assistant director Masri Abdul said the women were entertaining customers before they realised that enforcement officers had entered the premises.

"Many of them tried to escape but their attempts failed as enforcement officers had surrounded the place.

"Some of them even tried to run away while being accompanied to the department's trucks," he said, adding that the women were all sent to the Pekan Nenas immigration depot.

Police also conducted several other raids at massage parlours in Gelang Patah, Bukit Indah, Nusa Bestari and Kangkar Pulai.

Nusajaya deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Razak Md Said said 35 women and three local men were arrested in the operation.

"Most of the foreigners were from Thailand, Taiwan, China, Indonesia, and Vietnam. They committed various offence such as overstaying and misusing their visas.

"The three locals are being investigated for hiring the foreign women.

"All of them have been handed over to the Immigration Depart­ment," he said.