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Hanoi (VNA) – Malaysia’s National Revenue Recovery Enforcement Team (NRRET) has arrested 56 foreign women, including 34 Vietnamese, in a big raid at four entertainment facilities in Johor Bahru city.

The others arrested in the raid included 20 Chinese women and two Indonesians. All of them aged from 19 to 34 and worked as guest relation officers (GROs).

Kamarul Zaman Mamat, director of Johor state’s investigation police, said the campaign began at the midnight of January 13 and ended at 9am on January 14 with the participation of Johor State’s police, NRRET and relevant agencies.

The authorities also arrested four Nepalese men and two Myanmar people aged from 22 to 37. These men failed to produce any legal documents.

Five Malaysian men and two Malaysian women, who are security staff and cashiers aged from 19 to 50 were also arrested.

Of the Malaysians, Kamarul said, six are on the warranted list. Ten foreign women aged from 17 to 30 thought to work as waitresses were rescued in the raid.

At an entertainment centre, the police arrested two men and 13 Vietnamese women worked as GROs and one Chinese woman in the warranted list.

One Vietnamese woman thought as a victim of human trafficking was rescued. The police also arrested 29 patrons of the centre, seven of them tested positive to drug. An amount of drug worth 4,500 USD was confiscated.

Six customers who are public servants were arrested as well and were handed over to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for handling.

The arrested will be investigated under regulations of Johor state’s laws and Malaysia’s laws on entertainment, immigration, human trafficking prevention and gambling prevention.-VNA