Reposted from Cjaye57’s Weblog
Police detained a Malaysian couple on suspicion of sending hundreds of women to Europe and Australia to become sex workers, an official said on Friday.
The arrests come amid a crackdown on human trafficking after the US State Department criticized the Malaysian government in June for allegedly failing to combat the problem.
Police on Thursday detained a man and a woman believed to part of an international syndicate based in Kuala Lumpur, said Hadi Ho Abdullah, deputy director of the federal police crime investigation department.
The suspects allegedly promised hundreds of Malaysian women lucrative jobs abroad, but instead sold them to prostitution syndicates in Australia and Europe, The Star newspaper reported.
It was not immediately clear what charges the suspects would face, but smuggling adults is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The suspects were believed to have forged passports and travel visas for the women.