Gombak Police Station, Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia. Photo: Google Maps

Malaysian police arrested 30 women and seven other people on vice charges after raiding four entertainment centers in Kepong, northern Kuala Lumpur. They said half of the women were from Vietnam.

The late-night operation was conducted by the Anti-Vice, Gaming and Gangsterism Division (D7) units of Selangor police, assisted by the Gombak district police, Sin Chew Daily (Malaysia) reported. All four premises had previously been targeted by the authorities for using foreign women in illegal prostitution services.

All of the arrested women are in their twenties, with 15 originally from Vietnam, nine from Thailand, five from Laos and one from Indonesia. They were all charged with engaging in illegal sexual acts.

Four foreign men, whose nationalities were not disclosed, were also arrested, along with a Chinese man and a Chinese woman; identified as “managers”, they were charged with using a premises for vice purposes and with immigration offenses. A Thai man was arrested for allegedly procuring the foreign women for sexual services.

About 730 ringgits (US$178) in cash was also seized during the raid.