TEMPO.CO, Kuala Lumpur - As many as 40 Indonesian women allegedly became the victims of a prostitute syndicate in Malaysia. Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur received the news from the Malaysian police.
"Based on the information from the Malaysian police, those women were allegedly hired as commercial sex workers in a place made as spa. When they were recruited, they were told to be recruited as restaurant workers," said Indonesian Embassy official in Kuala Lumpur Dino Nurwahyudin to Tempo yesterday.
Out of 40 women, 12 of them have legal documents to work in Malaysia, while the rest entered the country with visitor visa.
"Twelve of them have been freed by the police from Gold Coast Hotel's spa. They have working permit. Fourteen women have been freed from Istana Hotel's spa and 14 more freed from Cristal Crown Hotel are holding visitor visa," Dino said.
The women are from various places in Indonesia. Twenty one came from Medan, twelve from West Java, three from Riau, two from Central Java and two from Batam, Riau Province.
MASRUR (KUALA LUMPUR)