Cops rescue Rohingya trafficking victims in KL; kids being sold for RM1,200

KUALA LUMPUR: Police rescued 11 Rohingya human trafficking victims – nine of them children – in a raid at a premises in Hang Kasturi here yesterday.

The victims, aged 10 to 20, were discovered in a confined space at the premises by a team from the Secret Societies, Anti-Vice and Gambling Division of the Dang Wangi police headquarters in the 11am operation.

Police also detained six Myanmar nationals, men and women aged between 25 and 30, who are believed to be members of a syndicate which traffics in Rohingyas.

“(We) also seized five notebooks which had details on the sale of children, six handphones and RM12,000 in cash, believed to be ill-gotten money,” Dang Wangi deputy police chief Supt Habibi Majinji said in a press conference at the Dang Wangi police headquarters.

He said from the notebooks, police believe six other victims had been sold off.

“The suspects brought the victims from the north of the peninsula and kept them confined at the premises. (Whenever there was a request for people), the victims would be sold at an agreed price,” he said.

Habibi added that children were sold at between RM1,200 and RM1,500 each, mainly to begging syndicates. –- BERNAMA

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