An undisclosed number of Filipino women were among those who were rounded up in a raid on a nightclub in Malaysia late on Saturday, a Malaysian news site said on Sunday.
According to a report from the New Straits Times, Malaysian police raided the club at 11:45 p.m. and ended up arresting some 100 women working there for trafficking-related offenses.
Those detained by the Malaysian police also included women from Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Iran and Indonesia, the report said.
The women, who are aged 20 to 45, are being investigated under the Immigration Act and Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act because some of them were trafficked to Malaysia for sexual exploitation.
The report said a Malaysian woman, who worked as a cashier for the nightclub, was also being detained.
Police were unable to find the manager.
The report said some of the women did not have valid identification documents.
The women were allegedly entertaining some 100 customers when the nightclub was raided.
Meanwhile, after proper checking and documentation, all the customers were released, the report said.
The raid was apparently conducted over reports that sexual activities were going on in the club.
The women are being held at the Dang Wangi police headquarters for questioning and documentation.