KLANG: An Immigration raid on a karaoke lounge here this morning saw 12 Indonesian women arrested in connection with alleged vice activities.
The operation at Wisma AMI in Jalan Gambus 2, Taman Desawan was conducted by Immigration officers from Selangor early this morning.
One of them, identifying herself only as Irma, claimed to have two children, aged six and four, and said this was her only way to support both.
“I split from my partner before undertaking this profession,” she told reporters after being arrested.
Irma did not possess a passport and she claimed she could not find any other work.
She claimed to have come from Medan and currently lived somewhere in the Klang Valley.
“We usually come to this location when patrons call for an assessment,” she said.
She told The Malay Mail they usually offered her and the other women from RM50 to RM100 per session for their services.
“Sometimes they also offer us taxi fares home as well,” she said.
Immigration Department deputy director Abdillah Azizudin said: “After completing the raid, we found an exclusive service had been provided at these premises.”
The women, aged between 20 to 30, claimed to have either left their passports at home or admitted to not having any, he said.
However, Abdillah suspects all of them do not possess any valid documentation.
The premises were monitored by closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and reinforced by steel doors.
Abdillah said the cameras only monitored security.
“This place has been well thought out beforehand,” he said.
“We suspect the bar is primarily used as a meeting place for customers to assess the women in individual rooms.”
Most of the women were probably on call from home, he added.