The Malaysian police have rescued 6 Filipinas who were reportedly forced into prostitution after being promised jobs in restaurants and pubs.
The OFWs, aged between 20 and 24, were rescued last week during a raid by authorities on a house on Jalan Petagas following a tip-off. A man and two women, believed to be acting as their foreign agents, were likewise arrested, said a report on the New Straits Times (NST).
The victims, according to a police officer, arrived in batches in Sabah more than four months ago and were lured with a promised job as waitresses. The ‘agents’ shouldered all their transportation expenses from Zamboanga to Malaysia.
“But upon arriving via Sandakan, Semporna and Tawau from Zamboanga, they were brought to the state capital and forced to work as GROs in entertainment outlets and hotels,” district police chief Assistant Commissioner M. Chandra told NST.
But they ended up being held captives in a house in Kampung Peringatan. Every night, the girls were brought to the nightclubs and were forced to sell their bodies to the clients.
Commissioner Chandra said the case is now being investigated under sections 12 and 13(e) of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007, for trafficking in persons and trafficking in persons for the purpose of exploitation by means of deception.