Malaysian police authorities scored big on its efforts to curb prostitution in the Southeast Asian country. Authorities revealed they have successfully busted a sex slave ring operating in Malaysia and in the process rescued 21 women from Uganda who worked as sex slaves for the prostitution syndicate.
Criminal investigation chief Bakri Zinin revealed they discovered the the women, aged between 19 and 42, holed up in four apartment units in
central Selangor state during a raid on Friday. Zinin said three Ugandans — two women believed to be pimps and a man suspected of being a customer — were also detained in the operation. Based on the initial police investigation, the victims w ere promised to work as maids in homes and hotels in Malaysia for fee of $1,000 a month.
However, instead of working as maids the victims end up working as sex slaves to pay off travel fees and other costs totalling $7,000. The victims reportedly threatened verbally and physically to stop them from running away. The police said the women are temporarily placed in a welfare home and will soon be deported back to their native country.
A deeper investigation on the prostitution syndicate is also underway to determine the brains behind the illegal operation. Criminal charges are now being prepared against the detained Ugandans for their crime. Moreover, it was learned that in 2009, Malaysia was placed on the United States list of countries with worst human trafficking records.