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64 Thai Sex Workers Arrested in Malaysia Bangkok Post Learning

Officials work at a checkpoint in Sadao district in Songkhla province. The border with Thailand is about 300 kilometers from Ipoh, the capital of Perak state in Malaysia. (Photo: Assawin Pakkawan)

Malaysian immigration authorities have arrested 88 foreigners, including 64 Thais, in a crackdown on sexual activity at three locations in Ipoh city.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, there was a crackdown on a hotel and two entertainment venues suspected of offering sexual services.

The Perak Immigration Department said those arrested included 78 women and 10 men aged between 21 and 46. Of those arrested, 64 were Thai, while the rest were 13 Vietnamese, four Nepalese, three Indians, three Bangladeshis and one Sri Lankan.

The official said the detainees had been charged with numerous offences, but did not provide details.

Ipoh, the capital of Perak state, lies about halfway between the Thai border and Kuala Lumpur, about 300 kilometres from Sadao District in Songkhla.

The operation was the second major crackdown on prostitution involving Thai women in less than a week. Last Friday, 22 Thai women were arrested in raids in the Malaysian capital and neighboring state of Selangor.

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