Police rescue 3 victims of sex trade in Sandakan

AARON LEE

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah police have rescued three teenagers, believed to be victims of sex exploitation, at a hotel in Sandakan yesterday.


State deputy police chief Datuk Razarudin Husain said the teen girls, aged between 15 and 17, were believed to have entered the country illegally as they did not possess any travel documents when police raided the hotel at 6pm.


"The raiding team also detained an 18-year-old foreigner, who is believed to be working for a syndicate.


"The three victims are still being detained and will be sent to a shelter home later," he said after a handing-over ceremony of 39 police motorcycles this morning.


The case is being investigated under Section 14 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (ATIPSOM) Act 2007.


Also present was Federal police traffic enforcement and investigation director Datuk Mahamad Akhir Darus.