Thai women rescued from flesh trade syndicate in Kedah hotel

ADIE SURI ZULKEFLI

ALOR STAR: Police rescued three Thai women from a flesh trade syndicate during a raid at a budget hotel in Mergong, yesterday evening.

State Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Mohd Nashir Ya said police also arrested a 39-year-old local man who acted as a caretaker at the hotel, located at Taman Baru Mergong, during the 10.30pm raid.

"The raiding party, comprising the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit and the Anti-Vice Unit, led by Inspector Hafif Zallan, also found 43 condoms and one KY Jelly tube believed meant to be utilised in prostitution activities.

"We think the women, aged between 24 and 31, were exploited, and we have remanded the hotel caretaker for further investigation," Nashir said in a statement today.

The case has been classified under Section 12 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (ATIPSOM) Act 2007, which carries up to 15 years’ imprisonment and a fine, upon conviction.