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Almost 3,000 women arrested for prostitution in Johor

Almost 3,000 women arrested for prostitution in Johor
From January until now, a total of 2,986 local and foreign women have been detained in 10,300 raids in Johor for suspected prostitution.
JOHOR BAHARU: The Johor police have conducted 10,300 raids to tackle prostitution in the state from January until now.

Johor police chief Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said 2,986 local and foreign women were detained in these raids for suspected involvement in such activities.
"Of that number, 102 were locals while the rest were made up of 627 Chinese nationals, Vietnam (1,341), Thailand (555), Indonesia (229), Cambodia (13), Philippines (62), Myanmar (16), Singapore (1), Laos (4), Sri Lanka (6), India (29) and Venezuela (1)," he told reporters after officiating the Johor Contingent Crime Awareness Day programme at Plaza Angsana, here Saturday.

Mohd Mokhtar said in the latest incident, the Johor Contingent Police Headquarters Vice, Gambling and Secret Societies (D7) division arrested 55 women from Vietnam and China, aged betweeen 19 and 50, in raids at two premises in Stulang Laut, here Friday night.

He said the raid which began at 8.45pm until 1am involved six officers and 21 policemen after police received a complaint from the public regarding immoral activities in the area.

"In the raid, one of the women fractured her leg after she jumped from the fourth floor in attempt to flee, while another woman bit a policeman to avoid being arrested," he said, adding some of the women possessed valid travel documents but had abused them.

Therefore, Mohd Mokhtar said the police will intensify operations which includes working with various enforcement agencies to curb the activities.