The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) discovered a syndicate promoting prostitution online after they conducted 2 separate raids at apartment in Jalan Gombak, Kuala Lumpur and a hotel in Jalan Genting Klang, Kuala Lumpur.
As reported by Harian Metro, Head of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Kuala Lumpur, Senior Assistant Commissioner Saiful Annuar Yusoff said 4 local men and women, along with 4 foreign women aged between 20 to 46 were detained following the raid.
“We also confiscated 2 laptops, 4 computers, 19 mobile phones of various brands, a modem, a Gpon Terminal, a TNB electricity bill, an access card, keys and RM1,117 in cash, making the total amount of goods seized worth about RM50,000,” he added.
Further investigations shows that the syndicate are involved in promoting online prostitution via WhatsApp, WeChat and Telegram.
In addition, the premise involved was operated as a call centre and rent of RM1,500 was paid for each unit. Each employee there is also believed to make a wage of between RM3,000 to RM3,500 a month.
Nevertheless, Saiful Annuar said the group is believed to earn a monthly profit of about RM100,000 from promoting prostitution online.
The suspects are now arrested and will be remanded for further investigation under Section 372 (1) (e), Section 372B and Section 373 of the Penal Code.
“Besides that, the case is also being investigated under Section 6 (1) (c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 for the offence of not having a valid pass or permit to stay in Malaysia.”
“We warn the public to not get involved in any prostitution activities as stern action will be taken against the organisers, premises owners, employees or even customers in an effort to combat prostitution in Kuala Lumpur.” he said.
He then urged the public to contact the Kuala Lumpur Police JSJ 24 Hour Special Operations Room at 03-2146 0670 or the Kuala Lumpur Police Hotline at 03-2115 9999 if they hold any information regarding such crimes.