MELAKA: The Melaka Immigration Department detained 29 Vietnam women who worked as Guest Relations Officers (GRO) after carrying out raids during 'Operasi Sapu' here today.
State Immigration Director Kamalludin Ismail said all the women, aged between 18 to 55, were detained during the operation at two condominiums in Klebang at about 12.30pm after receiving information from the public.
"During the first raid, two elderly Vietnamese women believed to be the guardians of the GRO, refused to open the door to their condominium unit, forcing the enforcement officers to force open the door.
"All the women were found to have misused their social visit passes to be involved in immoral activities," he told reporters in Ayer Keroh here today.
Initial investigations revealed that 19 of them had misused their social visit passes, eight did not have passes while two had overstayed, he said.
Kamalludin said since Dec 2, 589 inspections were carried out during 57 raids and 174 illegal immigrants from Thailand, China, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Bangladesh were detained. - Bernama