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GEORGE TOWN: Police rescued four foreign women between the ages of 17 and 26 who are believed to be victims of human trafficking for the sex trade in a raid on an entertainment centre in Jalan Anson early this morning.
Bukit Aman D7 operation chief Supt Amir Rasid Derani said the three-hour operation ended at 3am and rescued three Vietnamese women and a Chinese woman who entered the country legally.
He said based on intelligence and public information, police detected a human exploitation syndicate for prostitution that had been active for several weeks at the premises.
He said the syndicate was believed to be masterminded by a secret society gang and in the raid, police also found nine unused bullets apart from 15 packets of syabu, 30 eramin and esctasy pills and drug inhaling instruments.
"Several foreign women working as guest relations officer (GRO) succeeded in fleeing through a secret passage at the back of the premises after being alerted of police presence," he told reporters here today.
Amir Rasid said police also detained six workers including the entertainment centre manager aged between 20 and 40 years to assist in the investigation under the Anti-Human Trafficking Act and the Anti-Migrant Smuggling Act 2007.
He said they were also held for investigation under the Firearms Act 1971 and the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which provide for the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.