On Tuesday, Malaysian police uncovered a human trafficking ring consisting of Ugandan women who had been forced into sexual slavery.
RTT News reports that a woman who had escaped the prostitution ring notified authorities of the apartment where the other women were being kept. The apartment, located just outside of Kuala Lumpur, was put under police surveillance.
Police then conducted a sting operation. One man and two women have been arrested in connection with the prostitution ring.
Different reports state that there were between 19 and 21 women who were rescued in the process. They ranged in age between 18 and 42.
BBC News reports that the women were promised lucrative jobs oversees, and were transported into Malaysia after spending time in China.
The women were forced to perform sexual services with clients and were required to work 10 hours a day nonstop for the past 3 months, according to Asia One. They faced abuse if they refused to work.
The rescued women have now been transported to a welfare home and are expected to be deported back to their homeland once the investigation has concluded.
Human trafficking and forced prostitution are common problems in Malaysia. Many of the victims are foreigners from impoverished nations who have been brought into the country and promised lucrative work opportunities, only to be forced into human trafficking rings.
The Malaysian government is improving their efforts in trying to eliminate the problem, but they have a reputation for not being fully compliant in dealing with this issue. The country has been placed on a Tier 2 Watch List over concerns that widespread human trafficking is still allowed to continue largely unenforced within its borders.