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Police rescue young woman in Penang from being trafficked overseas
Published on: Monday, December 11, 2023
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Police rescue young woman in Penang from being trafficked overseas
Seberang Perai Tengah police chief Tan Cheng San said the woman was saved in a raid on a house on Dec 7, after police received a report on the same day. (Bernama pic)
The police have rescued a 22-year-old Malaysian woman from being trafficked to a neighbouring country, after she was kept in captivity at a house in Taman Sanctuary, Machang Bubok, here.

Seberang Perai Tengah police chief Tan Cheng San said the woman was saved in a raid on Dec 7, after the police received a report on the same day.

The police also arrested a 34-year-old Malaysian man and confiscated two vehicles, a laptop and items related to prostitution activities.

“The preliminary investigation found that the man was arranging to traffic the woman to a neighbouring country to work as an operator for an online scam syndicate,” said Tan in a statement today.

The case is being investigated under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 for trafficking a person for the purpose of exploitation, punishable with 15 years imprisonment and a fine, and under the Penal Code for wrongful confinement of a person, which carries a one-year jail term and a RM2,000 fine, upon conviction.

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