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Police rescue 49 women from Seremban entertainment outlet

SEREMBAN: Forty nine women, believed to be human trafficking victims, were rescued from an entertainment outlet by the Seremban police in a raid at Taman Koop here last night.
The victims, aged between 18 and 46 years old, were rescued in the 7.45pm operation.
Seremban district police chief Assistant Commissioner Thiew Hock Poh said, the outlet had failed to produce a valid entertainment license during the raid.
"We believe the victims, who have valid social visit permits, have been forced to work as guest relations officers (GROs) at the outlet," he said.
Thiew said the raid also saw the arrest of a 27-year-old local man, believed to be the caretaker of the outlet.
"The man is being remanded for five days starting today to facilitate investigation under Section 12 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (ATIPSOM) Act 2007," he said at the press conference held at Seremban district police headquarters here today.
Police also seized a walkie-talkie, cash totalling RM970 and packets of unused condoms at the location.
Thiew added, police have also obtained 21 days of Interim Protection Order (IPO) for the 49 victims rescued in the operation to assist with police investigation under Section 44 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (ATIPSOM) Act 2007.
"We have referred them to a shelter home here pending investigation," he said.

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