PUTRAJAYA — The Immigration Department of Malaysia has crippled a human trafficking syndicate and rescued 14 Bangladeshi citizens in a raid on a residential premises in Ampang near Kuala Lumpur.
Its Director-General Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said three suspected Bangladeshi agents, who were allegedly responsible for managing their arrivals and controlling the premises, were also nabbed based on public information and intelligence.
He said the raid found 20 mobile phones belonging to the victims which were stored in a room and cash of RM28,500 which was kept by one of the syndicate members.
“During the raid, it was found that the premises was locked from outside for the purpose of duping the authorities. The raiding team had to break down the main door to enter the premises.
“After successfully entering the premises, the team carried out an inspection and found that all the victims were placed in two congested rooms,” he said in a statement here today.
He added that a team of officers from the Special Operations Intelligence Division and Analysis, assisted by officers from the Investigation Operations and Prosecution Division of Putrajaya Immigration Headquarters conducted the raid.
Mustafar said the syndicate’s mode of operation was to keep all the victims in the premises and then sell them to employers who are willing to take the victims to work by paying the price set by the syndicate.
He said the department believed that the syndicate had long been involved in the activity based on the modus operandi used and was believed to have links to a migrant smuggling syndicate which was crippled in December last year.
“We believe that the arrest will lead us to discover more human trafficking networks. The Immigration Department is also working with other enforcement agencies in an international level to curb illegal migrants.
“We have crippled 99 cases in connection with Anti-Trafficking in Person & Smuggling of Migrants from 2014 to 2017. 41 of these cases are connected to sex services, 27 cases of forced labour and 31 cases of migrants smuggling,” Mustafar concluded in a statement. -MalaysiaGazette