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The Star / Asia News Network
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016
For anything between RM165 and RM300, college girls as young as 19 are offering sexual services at budget hotels here.
Their pimps are two brothers also said to be related to a policeman.
The flesh trade was halted when a team of Malacca police went undercover to track down the illegal business.
It is learnt from sources that detectives acted as “clients” by engaging in online conversations with the pimps through the WeChat application.
They found that local, Thai and Vietnamese college students had been offering sexual services for some time now through online booking.
Each session cost RM250 to RM300 for locals while the foreigners charged between RM165 and RM200.
The rendezvous points are often at budget hotels situated here.
State police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Ramli Din said yesterday that he had placed a special focus on cracking down on prostitution syndicates and illegal gambling outlets.
In a press-conference at Banda Hilir police station here, DCP Ramli revealed that police managed to rescue three college students aged between 19 and 21 years at a hotel in Ayer Keroh here on Aug 26.
He said the two brothers, aged 24 and 26, were also arrested and currently under remand.
“We have seized all the evidence, including condoms, at a hotel used as a base by the pimps involved.
“Based on a preliminary probe, the prostitution ring has been active here for a month,” he said yesterday.
DCP Ramli also said that in a follow-up crackdown at 1am on Tuesday, police had detained two men aged 37 and 40 years also for prostituting three foreign women aged between 25 and 29.
The second syndicate also used social media to promote sex services to clients.
DCP Ramli said the victims were sent to a shelter home in Johor and police are now looking for other such syndicates.
Meanwhile, Malacca Action Group for Parents in Education (Magpie) chairman Mak Chee Kin lauded the police for crippling the prostitution ring involving college students.
Mak said in an interview here yesterday that such rings had existed for sometime but were difficult to track down because they used phone apps.
“Previously, we received many calls from parents who had heard of such syndicates involving college students.
“This police crackdown will deter other syndicate members from exploiting college students,” Mak added.
Malacca’s United Crime Prevention Association chairman R.A. Sharavana said the alleged involvement of college students in the flesh trade had been circulating for some time now.
“We have brought up the issue in our earlier meetings two years ago but could not do much without evidence.
“Now, the police have gone undercover to detain the pimps but the freelancers should also be stopped,” he said.
Saravana also revealed that the college students indulged in such immoral activities to pay for their lavish lifestyles.
“Some come from other states and need money for clothing and other luxuries,” he added.