The Api-Api Centre, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Photo: Google Maps

Sixteen men and women were arrested during two separate police separate last Tuesday in Sabah, Malaysia, for allegedly engaging in prostitution services and use of illegal drugs.

At 9pm on March 13, Kota Kinabalu police raided a reflexology center in Bandaran Berjaya, where three women and a man, all aged between 19 and 43, were arrested on suspicion of providing sexual services, China Press reports. The man is described as being the caretaker.

Kota Kinabalu city police chief assistant commissioner M Chandra said a device which looked like a penis was also seized in the raid.

Later in the evening, at 11:35pm, police raided a motel in the Api-Api Centre. Three local and three foreign girls aged between 16 and 19, though to be involved in prostitution activities, were arrested.

A man and a Filipina woman described as caretakers were also detained for allegedly operating a prostitution business.

Four men at the scene identified as drug addicts were also arrested for alleged soliciting and drug abuse. Condoms and eight mobile phones were recovered and seized as evidence.

All suspects have been taken to the Kota Kinabalu police headquarters for further investigation.

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