KUALA LUMPUR: Police rescued 19 human trafficking victims and arrested four people believed to be part of a trafficking syndicate during a raid in Kajang on Thursday.
Selangor police Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Fadzil Ahmad said police conducted the raid following a tip-off that a group of teenagers was seen begging on the streets of Kajang.
On Thursday, police raided an apartment unit at Bandar Mahkota Cheras, Kajang, at about 10.15pm.
“The raiding team arrested three men and a woman, believed to be involved in the case, and rescued 15 men and four women, aged between 17 and 28, in the apartment unit,” Fadzil said.
Initial checks revealed that those rescued had been forced to beg in the Kajang district.
The case has been classified under Section 12 and Section 14 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act for human trafficking and trafficking of children.
Police are urging the public to come forward if they have any information on other suspected human trafficking cases.