JOHOR BARU: The state police have rescued 10 foreign women believed to be victims of sexual exploitation in raids held at several massage parlours in the city last night.
The victims comprised of eight women from Vietnam and two from China, aged between 16 and 34.
Johor's Criminal Investigations Department (CID) chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Azman Ayub said police also arrested 30 women, comprising seven Thais, 20 Vietnamese and three Indonesians, aged between 18 and 28, in the operation called 'Ops Noda'.
"A total of nine men, aged between 28 and 55, were also arrested for allegedly running the business premises without a licence, and employing foreign workers without valid permits.
"Also hauled up were 17 patrons, all men, comprising locals and six Singaporeans, aged between 23 and 41," he said.
Ten officers and 42 members of the Johor CID raided the five massage centres and one entertainment outlet in Johor Baru city.
Meanwhile, at the entertainment outlet, 29 local men and seven from China aged between 30 and 52 were detained.
Cash totalling RM7,760 were seized from the separate raids.
Since the beginning of the year to June, more than 600 raids have been carried out under Ops Noda and over 400 of these have been brought to court.
"We will continue to carry out Ops Noda and take action under the Prevention Crime Act," Azman said.