|he Royal Malaysian Police rescued 184 women aged between 21 and 38 from a nightclub raid in Kuala Lumpur, including 136 Vietnamese. — Photo Bernama
HA NOI (VNS) — The Royal Malaysian Police rescued 184 women aged between 21 and 38 from a nightclub raid in Kuala Lumpur, including 136 Vietnamese, Malaysia's New Straits Times reported on Sunday.
Suspected to be victims of a human trafficking ring, the women also include 17 from the Philippines, 17 from Uzbekistan, four from Indonesia, four from Thailand, four from Armenia and two from Russia.
Roslee Chick, an officer of the Royal Malaysian Police, said that 60 police had raided a nightclub on P. Ramlee Street on Saturday night. They arrested two Malaysian managers, suspected of being members of the trafficking ring, and 13 security guards.
Initial investigation found that 25 of the 184 women did not have a passport, which led the police to investigate them. The police investigated the other 159 as human trafficking victims.
The women were lured to lucrative jobs in Malaysia. However, after the women arrived in the country, they were forced to work as sex slaves at nightclubs.
Pham Thi Phuong Ha, a counsellor at the Vietnamese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, told Viet Nam Television on Sunday that after working with the local police, the embassy was given the list of the 136 Vietnamese women saved from the nightclub and reported it to Viet Nam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. — VNS