GEORGE TOWN (Bernama) – Police detained five Myanmar nationals believed to be members of a human trafficking syndicate and rescued 55 Myanmars following a raid on a house in Sungai Ara on Monday.
South-west district deputy OCPD, DSP Salawati Saad said those rescued during the raid on a double-storey terrace house at 5.30pm comprised 50 men and five women aged between 20 and 40.
“All the victims of the human trafficking syndicate were brought into the country using the land route,” she said when contacted yesterday.
She said preliminary investigation by the police revealed that the rented house was used as the base for the syndicate’s operations and all the Myanmar nationals were kept in the house since last month before they were sold to the employers or interested parties. During the raid, five people, aged between 25 and 40 who were suspected to be members of the human trafficking syndicate, were in the house to keep watch.