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Human trafficking rescue operation leads to discovery of over $3 million in cash

November 27, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Human trafficking rescue operation leads to discovery of over $3 million in cash

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An operation to rescue human trafficking victims forced into the flesh trade in Malaysia surprisingly resulted in the seizure of over RM13mil which equates to over $3 million USD at two locations.

According to The Star, Malaysian authorities received a tip that three Filipino women were being held at a hotel and were hoping to be rescued.

The Immigration officers discovered the women at a spa in the hotel.

Upon inspecting other rooms, officials said agents discovered another 17 Filipino women, whose ages ranged from late teens to early 30s being held captive.

Malaysian Immigration officials also found piles of money when they arrested three men, who were part of the network, during the bust.

In Port Dickson, Immigration director Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali revealed that RM11.88mil was found in the hotel.

Law enforcement officials said after further investigation, a raid was conducted on an apartment next to the hotel, and another RM1.17mil was seized there.

“Some of the cash was stuffed in envelopes and bags, while some were left out in the open,” he added.

Mustafar said they were looking into the source and purpose of the cash.

Two of the men held were locals, while the other was a Filipino.

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