36,858 women believed to be prostitutes detained since 2005 - Police

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5 (Bernama) -- More than 36,858 women, believed to be involved in prostitution, have been detained by police since 2005 said Bukit Aman CID Chief Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin.

Mohd Bakri said this year alone (till Sept 30), 7,810 women from 21 countries were detained for their involvement in prostitution.

"Police view the menace as a very serious moral issue and will continue to carry out operations to curb such activities," he said in a statement today with regard to reports that Uzbekistan women were vastly involved in prostitution in the country.

He added that during the five-year period, 211 Uzbekistan women had been detained and this year, from January to Sept 30, a total of 56 had been detained.

"Most of the Uzbekistan women were detained at hotels in the klang valley," said the statement.

Police are also on the look out for pimps and those involved in organising such activities and since 2005, 191 of them had been charged in court for such offences and 265 had been penalised for their offenses.

Mohd Bakri said to curb such activities, police had also requested the Immigration Department to enforce stringent control on foreign women entering the country at various entry points in the country, to ensure only tourists, students and genuine workers are permitted to enter the country.

MySinchew 2009.10.05